The Tempest

Performance Dates
Saturday Feb 14th 8pm
Sunday Feb 15th 3pm
Saturday Feb 21st 8pm
Sunday Feb 22nd 3pm
Saturday Feb 28th 8pm
Sunday Mar 1st 3pm
Saturday Mar 7th 8pm
Sunday Mar 8th 3pm
February 14-March 8, 2015

Xtigone (World Premiere)

Playwright Nambi E. Kelley
Musical Composer Tommy Shepherd
Directed by Rhodessa Jones

Emerging Chicago playwright Nambi E. Kelley’s contemporary urban adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone is an impassioned response to the recent untimely deaths of children in her native city as a result of gang violence, which has risen sharply in the past several years. The production updates the conventions of ancient drama for our contemporary movement. Ensemble singing, rhythmic movement, and musical accompaniment was an essential part of Greek tragedy’s original performance in ancient Athens; similarly, music will provide an urgent musical heartbeat to this stirring depiction of the immense human cost of violence in our cities and in our families.

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Ryan Nicole Austin
Marcellus, Mayor
Dwight Dean Mahabir
Fay, Wife of Marcellus
Jasmine Strange
Beau, Tig’s boyfriend and son of Marcellus
Michael Wayne Turner
E-Mem, Disciples Gang Leader
AeJay Mitchell
Ernesto, Latin King Gang Leader
Drew Watkins
Tea Flake, Marcellus’ Aide
Naima Shalhoub
Izzy, Sister to Tigs
Tavia Percia
LeRoi, Aide to Marcellus
Howard Johnson
Old Blind Woman/Spirit
Awele Makeba
Chocolate Boy and Chorus
Wilgens Pierre
Young Gangsta and Chorus
Cadence Crawley-Strange
Brooklyn Fields

Production Team

Rhodessa Jones
Nambi E. Kelley
Musical Composer
Tommy “Emcee Soulati” Shepherd
Stage Manager
Hannah Westbrook
Technical Director and Lighting Designer
Kevin Myrick
Scenic Design
Bert van Aalsburg
Costume Designer
Katherine Nowacki
Sound Design
Jamal Parson with Project Level
Running Crew
Storm White and Fe’Lisha Goodlow