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Playwright Colman Domingo

2019-20 for Soul Rep

Soul Rep Theatre Company's 13th season has works by Colman Domingo, Shay Youngblood, a black men's festival, an a co-production with Cara Mía Theatre.



published Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Playwright Colman Domingo

 

Dallas — The 2019-2020 season for Soul Rep Theatre Company has been announced, and it includes the area premieres of plays Colman Domingo (also an actor, best known for Fear the Walking Dead), Shay Youngblood, and Dael Orlandersmith, the latter a co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company. The season begins with a new play festival, in honor of the late Texas playwright Ted Shine, that will be a festival of works by local and national writers on the theme of "Black Men Illuminated."

Below is the full news release: 

 

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Ted Shine

Soul Rep Theatre Company is excited to announce its “lucky” 13th season of plays - SOUL TO KEEP - that will kick off this fall. The season includes the company’s rebranded biennial New Play Festival, regional premieres, a staged reading of a new play in development by one of the company’s co-founders, and the return of the Café Negro Series, a unique collaboration with Cara Mia Theater Company.

“This is an exciting time for Soul Rep. We are moving into this season ready to build on these last five years of artistic and operational growth since returning to the Dallas arts scene,” explains Guinea Bennett-Price, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director. “This season is not something you come watch; it’s something you come away with. It’s some soul to keep!”

 

THE SEASON

 

THE SHINE PLAY FESTIVAL: Black Men Illuminated

By Ted Shine

Sept. 26 – Oct. 6, 2019

South Dallas Cultural Center

Soul Rep Theatre rebrands its biennial new play festival in memory of the late and celebrated playwright and professor, Dr. Ted Shine. The inaugural festival will feature 10 new short plays written by local, national, and international playwrights around the theme “Black Men Illuminated”, in addition to a production of Dr. Shine’s one-act play, Shoes. The festival will take place at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

 

Dot

By Colman Domingo

December 5 – 22, 2019

South Dallas Cultural Center

Anyika McMillan-Herod will direct this regional premiere production. Christmas is always a wild family affair at the Shealy house, but this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty, struggles to hold on to her memory due to Alzheimer’s, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

 

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Shay Youngblood

Amazing Grace

By Shay Youngblood, adaptated from the book by Mary Hoffman

Feb. 20-March 8, 2020

South Dallas Cultural Center

Will include four daytime performances for schools. Directed by company Co- Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Tonya Holloway, this delightful children’s show captures the story of a young, African-American girl named Grace who boasts a colorful and vibrant imagination.

In her play world, she becomes the characters: Anansi the Spider, Joan of Arc, Mowgli, Hiawatha. Her grandmother, Nana, believes that Grace can be whatever she wants to be. Grace is told by two of her classmates that she can't be Peter Pan in the school play because she is a girl and because she is black. In the end, Grace shows us that she can indeed do anything she sets her mind to. This is a regional premiere production!

 

Do No Harm

By Anyika McMillan-Herod

March 2020

A staged reading of company Co-Founder and area playwright,’s recently commissioned play, DO NO HARM, will take place in March 2020. An abbreviation of the play, directed by Vickie Washington, will be performed in Houston at The Association of Practical Theology’s (APT) biennial conference in April 2020. Soul Rep will produce the world premiere of this new work during its 2020-2021 season. DO NO HARM is inspired by three enslaved women — Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy — who are mentioned in “The Father of Gynecology” Dr. James Marion Sims’ autobiography. These young women, who suffered from vesicovaginal fistula, served as “guinea pigs” for the 19th Century physician who performed numerous procedures and surgeries on them with no anesthesia under the racist notion that black people did not feel pain.

 

My Red Hand, My Black Hand 

By Dael Orlandersmith’s

May 15-31, 2020

Latino Cultural Center

Concludes the season and marks the return of the Café/Negro Series, with Cara Mia Theater Company! The production will run May 15 – May 31, 2020 at the Latino Cultural Center. The play unfolds as a teenager describes the past, present and future of her parents' cultures. She tells us about the "Red" Tlingit and Lakota parentage of her father, who leaves the reservation to play the blues in Boston, and the "Black" rural Virginia background of her mother, who goes to Boston seeking the big-city life. Her parents meet at a dance and fall in love, but not without the complications of prejudice from their families.

Tickets and season passes will be available beginning Aug. 1 at www.soulrep.orgThanks For Reading





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