SEASON 15 2020/21
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.
Grammy nominated singer ANGIE STONE plays Billie Holiday in this reenactment of one of Lady Day’s last performances. Angie Stone will use her soulful voice to transport audiences back to 1959, to a seedy Philadelphia bar. Angie Stone is not only a breathtaking performer, her epic songwriting talents have been called upon by Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few.
It’s Maya’s 40th birthday and April 4, 1968. When hateful bullets assassinate her gifted friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., time stops, contracts, and expands spinning Maya through memory, song, and the poetry of her own life and legacy.
The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
The hilariously irreverent and poignant “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is Rain Pryor’s one Woman theatrical show based on her life growing up Black and Jewish. Pryor plays the 11 characters most pivotal to her life and takes her audience on a journey through the late 60s, 70s and 80s and some little-known family history, Along; the way, she offers a unique perspective on race, identity and the loss Of her iconic father’ comedian Richard Pryor.
Shakespeare’s complex creations — men and women, beggars, villains and heroes — stand alone and speak aloud their inmost thoughts. Mr. Owens recently appeared on Broadway in “‘Romeo and Juliet” (with Orlando Bloom). Other stage credits include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (with Al Racino), the Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s “Race” (at the Goodman Theatre), and many others. On film, Mr. Owens has appeared in ‘”Stonebrook” (with Seth Green), “The Paper” (directed by Ron Howard). and others. His television credits include “The Cosby Show” and ‘”Boston Legal”, ‘”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Law and Order”, and others. He has recently been seen as ‘Gerald’ on HBO’s “Divorce” and on episodes of “Bluebloods” and “Lucifer”.
As the 50-year commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination looms, Memphis races to pull the city out of the shadow of that fateful day in 1968. Based series of facts, the play revisits the Jim Crow era when many Confederate statues were erected as symbols of white supremacy, and also shows the 2017 stratagems and protests that led to the statue Of one Of America’s most controversial people, Nathan Bedford Forrest, tumbling from its pedestal.