Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company Announces 2013-2014 Season

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Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company released their lineup of shows for the 2013-2014 Season. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a ticketing partner to this amazing and talented theatre company. Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or www.ticketalternative.com

This September, True Colors will kick off the season with the classic Spunk by George C. Wolfe, directed by Hilda Willis. Following Spunk, True Colors will produce the regional premiere of David Mamet’s Race directed by John Dillon opening in February and running through March. The season will close in July with Bernard Slade’s Same Time Next Year starring Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon and directed by Portland Center Stage Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Actor’s Express, Chris Coleman. Performances are Wednesday – Saturday @ 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday @ 2:30 PM.

THE SHOWS:

Spunk
Written by George C. Wolfe
Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Music by Chic Street Man
Directed by Hilda Willis
14th Street Playhouse
September 17 – October 13, 2013

“I git to the git with some pain n’ some spit n’ some spunk.” The verdant, earthy language of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) is animated through the music of the blues in these three tales of love, revenge, and redemption. Adapted by George C. Wolfe (The Colored Museum) and featuring musical narration composed by blues artist Chic Street Man, Spunk breathes new life into these three remarkable short stories from the Harlem Renaissance.

The first of Spunk’s stories, “Sweat,” tells of a young washer woman who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband, and her ultimate triumph over him. The second story, “Story in Harlem Slang,” is told in 1940’s Harlemese. It is the tale of two street lotharios trying to out-hustle each other. The third and final tale, “The Gilded Six Bits,” is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband’s betrayal by his loving but innocent wife.

Race
Written by David Mamet
Directed by John Dillon
Southwest Arts Center
February 25 – March 23, 2014

Two high-profile lawyers—one black, one white—are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of an African American woman, when a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a complex case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand.

In the newest work by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of American Buffalo and GlenGarry Glen Ross, Mamet leaves nothing unsaid in this no-holds-barred suspense story that the Chicago Tribune dubbed “intellectually salacious.”

*Contains Adult Language

Same Time Next Year
Written by Bernard Slade
Directed by Chris Coleman
14th Street Playhouse
July 8 – August 3, 2014

“Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia.”-The New York Times

The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married – to other people – who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century’s worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love.

Starring Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon

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Also, be sure to catch Shakin’ the Rafters on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse July 9th- August 4th!

Shakin’ the Rafters
July 09 – August 04 2013
14th Street Playhouse
Written by David H. Bell
Directed by David H. Bell
A touring gospel group formed by the four Davis Sisters struggle to make their way in the music industry – touring through the South in the era of the Jim Crow laws. Following the routes recommended by the Green Book, on the road they begin to build a name for themselves and become one of the most respected performing groups in the Nation, but, in their struggle for success, family rivalries, secrets and resentments erupt along the way. Yet, in spite of all the tensions, disappointments and triumphs that they experience, they always find a way back to each other through the music that they sing.

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