2017-18 Season

WELCOME to African-American Shakespeare Company’s 23rd Season of producing THEATER THAT MATTERS! This is a special moment. The curtain defiantly and proudly rises this season after the hard work of our Board, our staff, our ever-growing donors and sponsors and, of course, YOU our audience; staying with us as we bravely fight to continue to maintain our place in the local and National theater scene. THANK YOU for your enduring support.

Last season was one of our most successful seasons and we plan on moving forward with more determination than ever! We wanted to plan a season of programming that showcase the best pool of talented artists and artisans, certainly, but also present plays that are challenging and relevant.

I think we have done just that at the TAUBE ATRUIM, the HERBST THEATRE and the MARINES’ MEMORIAL THEATRE. These wonderful venues that have welcomed us for another season.

SHERRI YOUNG directing both A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and CINDERELLA will kick us off with magic, humor stand-up-in-your-seat-and-dance merriment; deep, honest romance and a bit of irreverent, belly-grabbing laughter. What a way to get us going!

The second half of our season will turn to the more serious and powerful; bringing you some of the most memorable characters and stage moments in American and world theater. I will direct Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and Kirsten Brandt will helm RICHARD III. She has asked me to play Richard and I gladly accepted.

The theme of the season is “Reality/SHOW”. Each play presents us with the question: What is real and what isn’t? What are we to believe? From the magic, mayhem and confusion in MIDSUMMERS forest, to CINDERELLA’S dream of beauty and splendor and romance, to BLANCHE DuBOIS’ mystifying tales of love lost and family disappointments to RICHARD’s…well, where do we begin with Richard? The ultimate showman where REALITY and SHOW are seamlessly blended to tragic ends.

Bring your imagination and your love of laughter! Allow our productions to show you something fresh and new. Treat someone special to the African-American Shakespeare Company’s experience and remind them why YOU keep coming back!


Thank you,

L. Peter Callender
Artistic Director

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Sherri Young

September 16-October 1, 2017
William Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Sherri Young

African-American Shakespeare Company's Cinderella directed by Sherri Young

December 22-24, 2017
African-American Shakespeare’s
Directed by Sherri Young

Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire directed by L. Peter Callender

March 4-18, 2018
Tennessee Williams’
A Streetcar Named Desire
Directed by L. Peter Callender

William Shakespeare's Richard III directed by Kirsten Brandt, starring L. Peter Callender

July 14-29, 2018
William Shakespeare’s
Richard III
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Starring L. Peter Callender