Hattiloo Plays

Maya Angelou said during an interview, “We have some impulse to explain who we are... There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls.” Hattiloo presents plays that fulfill this human need by revealing the ‘inner-soul’ of the Black community. Our plays are for some people a means of self-examination; and for others they are eye-openers.




Season 12 2017/18


AKEELAH & THE BEE

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AT THE CANNON CENTER

 

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN

Will Power
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2017
Drama

Muhammad Ali forms a bond with Stepin Fetchit - the first Black Hollywood actor to become a millionaire, albeit, by embodying a demeaning stereotype. Ali wants to learn Black fighter Jack Johnson’s legendary “anchor punch” that he believes Fetchit, who was friends with Johnson, knows. Inspired by their actual friendship, the play explores how each dealt with the pressure of being a Black public figure trying to shape his identity in the face of outside forces.
This intriguing play, about the meeting between two men who achieved renown during different eras in the thorny history of race in America has more rounds of combat than an epic prize fight. - New York Times

SASSY MAMAS

Celeste Bedford Walker
Sept. 29 - Oct. 22, 2017
Comedy

In the autumns of their lives, three longtime girlfriends find themselves living single. Jo is recently widowed; Mary’s husband has left her for a younger woman; and Wilhelmina has been busy pursuing her career. Using their social status and wealth, they ensnare younger male suitors and assume the role as “cougars” - or, in this case, “black panthers”. But the younger men have their own plans.

“Sassy Mamas is hot! Complexity of relationships and the chemistry is captivating!” - Express Milwaukee

TAKE THE SOUL TRAIN TO CHRISTMAS

Ekundayo Bandele
Nov. 24 - Dec. 17, 2017
Musical

Reworked from last season’s successful run, this Holiday spectacle follows Granddad, as he ushers his granddaughter and two of her friends back through time on the magical ‘Soul Train’. Starting their journey during slavery, dancing and singing move the travelers through the Harlem Renaissance, the struggle-side and Black-love side of the Civil Rights era, and on through the hip-hop era of the 1980’s. 

SUNSET BABY

Dominique Morisseau
Jan. 12 - Feb. 11, 2018
Drama

Nina is a smart and sexy hustler who has rejected everything her parents fought for in the Black liberation movement. When her estranged father, Kenyatta, wants to reconcile, negotiating her past and present becomes a revolutionary act. From one of the most exciting young voices in the American theatre, this dynamic play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the brutal politics of freedom.

"[A] smart and bracing new play about two generations of urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths." - New York Times

SELMA: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 

Tommy Butler
Feb. 23 - March 18, 2018
Musical

This dramatic musical captures prominent moments such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. It is a mesmerizing and creative work of art, with jazz tunes and bass strings that will bring any audience to their feet. Originally written in 1976 to honor Dr. King’s bravery, many of the messages still resonate with activists today.

JITNEY

August Wilson
April 20 - May 13, 2018
Drama

Taking place in a gypsy cab station, during Pittsburgh’s period of so-called “urban renewal,” Becker, the owner of the unlicensed cab station, descends into an emotional spiral when his son, Booster, comes home from jail. Over the course of the play, the five gypsy cab drivers and the characters who come in and out of their lives pose questions about how to heal past wounds and leap into a less-than-certain future.

Winner! New York Drama Critics Award for Best New Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Play.

"Explosive... Crackles with theatrical energy." - New York Daily News

RAISIN

Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg
Music by Judd Woldin
Lyrics by Robert Brittan
June 8 - July 1, 2018
Musical

Raisin is a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's revolutionary ‘A Raisin in the Sun’. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago, Walter Lee Younger and his mother Lena fight over the spending of insurance money. He wants to start a business with friends, while she is eager to move the family out of the south side and into Clybourne Park. Raisin depicts a black family’s struggle in the face of change.

Winner! Tony and Grammy Awards as Best Musical
"A tidal wave of soul!" - Ebony


Past Season 12 Plays


RUINED

Lynn Nottage
Aug. 11 - Sept. 3, 2017
Drama
Set in a rain forest bar and brothel in the war-torn Congo, the establishment’s matriarch, Mama Nadi, keeps peace between customers from both sides of the civil war, as government soldiers and rebel forces alike choose from her inventory of women, many already “ruined” by rape and torture. Inspired by interviews she conducted in Africa with Congo refugees, this play is an engrossing and uncommonly human story with humor and song.
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A powerhouse drama... Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.” - Newsday

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