2016-2017 Season #36 - "Passport Season Reboot"

 

LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

December 1-24, 2016
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre production of
Soulful Christmas: A Gospel Holiday Concert
Music Director: Yvonne Cobbs

Staged by Steven Anthony Jones
Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco

 

May 11-June 4, 2017
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre production of
HOME
By Samm-Art Williams
Directed by Aldo Billingslea

Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco

 

June 19, 2017

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Fundraiser
presents a staged reading in association with

Project1Voice National Project

Yellow Man
By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco

This 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama is divided into five parts, The play details the relationship between Eugene, a very fair-skinned black man, and Alma, a large dark-skinned woman. Their story begins in their youth on the islands off the coast of South Carolina. During their youth, mainly covered in first part, Eugene and Alma deal with different vantages on the issues of race and class

 

LHT SUBSCRIPTION PASSPORT PARTNER PRODUCTIONS

November 11-December 4, 2016
LHT Passport Partner Subscribers saw
Aurora Theatre Company's production of

Safe House 

By Keith Josef Adkins

Directed by 

 

January 25-February 3, 2017
LHT Passport Partner Subscribers saw
Marin Theatre Company's production of
Native Son
By Nambi E. Kelley • Based on the Novel by Richard Wright

Directed by Seret Scott

 

March 30-April 9, 2017
LHT Passport Partner Subscribers saw
American Conservatory Theatre's production of
Needles and Opium
Written and Directed by Robert Lepage

 

May 31-June 23, 2017
LHT Passport Partner Subscribers saw
Magic Theatre's World Premiere production of
Grandeur 
By Han Ong

Directed by Loretta Greco

Featuring Carl Lumbly

 


2015-2016 Season #35 - Celebrating 35 Years in 2016

 

July 9-25, 2015
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Bay Area Premiere Production of
THURGOOD
By George Stevens, Jr.
Directed by Margo Hall

Creativity Theater, San Francisco

 

December 12-24, 2015
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Production
Soulful Christmas: A Gospel Holiday Concert
Music Director: Yvonne Cobbs
Staged by Yvonne Cobbs

Fort Mason Southside Theater, San Francisco

 

April 7-17, 2016

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Encore Production of
THURGOOD
By George Stevens, Jr.
Directed by Margo Hall

Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco

 

June 20, 2016

Project1Voice Fundraiser
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in association with Project1Voice
presented a staged reading of

The Colored Museum
By George C. Wolfe
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco

 


2014-2015 Season #34

December 12-24, 2014
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Production
Soulful Christmas: A Gospel Holiday Concert
Music Director: Yvonne Cobbs
Directed by Darryl V. Jones

Fort Mason Southside Theater, San Francisco

 

June 2015

Project1Voice Fundraiser

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in association with Project1Voice
presented a staged reading of

The Colored Museum
By George C. Wolfe
Directed by Steven Anthony Jones

Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco


2013-2014 Season #33
"Passport Season Redux 2"

November 26, 2013-January 11, 2014
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
San Francisco Playhouse production of
Storefront Church
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Joy Cerlin
Featuring Carl Lumbly

 

Janary 31-March 16, 2014
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
Berkeley Reperatory Theatre production of
The House That Will Not Stand
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Patricia McGregor

 

April 10-May 4, 2014
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
Marin Theatre Company production of
Fences
By August Wilson
Directed by Derrick Sanders

 

April 23–May 18, 2014
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
American Conservatory Theatre production of
The Suit
Based on The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
Direction, adaptation & music by Peter Brook, Marie Helene Estienne, Frank Krawczyk

 

May 21-June 15, 2014
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
Magic Theatre Company production of
PEN/MAN/SHIP
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell

 

June 16, 2014                     

Project1Voice Fundraiser

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in association with Project1Voice
presented a staged reading of a choreopoem

The Colored Museum
By Ntozake Shange

Directed by Darryl Jones

Creativity Theater, San Francisco

 


2012-2013 Season #32
"The Passport Season Redux"

September 27–October 28, 2012
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
Marin Theatre Company production of
Topdog/Underdog
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Timothy Douglas
as part of our season

 

October 28–November 24, 2012
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
San Francisco Playhouse production of
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
By Alex Timbers
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Jon Tracy
as part of our season

 

October 25–November 18, 2012
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
American Conservatory Theatre production of
Sophocles' Elektra
Translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Original music by David Lang
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring Olympia Dukakis

 

January 29–March 16, 2013

Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
San Francisco Playhouse production of
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Bill English
 

March 28–April 21, 2013
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
Marin Theatre Company co-production
in association with Virginia Stage
The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
directed by Jasson Minadakis

 

April 4–14, 2013
Passport Partner
Our subscribers saw the
American Conservatory Theatre production of
Stuck Elevator
music by Byron Au Yong
libretto by Aaron Jafferis
directed by Chay Yew

 

June 17, 2013

P1V staged reading in Association with Project1Voice at San Francisco Playhouse

A Soldiers Play                                

by Charles Fuller

directed by Steven Anthony Jones


 

(Summer rental show not part of LHT season)
September 6-16, 2012
The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents
Ric Salinas in Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo
by Paul S. Flores
directed by Michael John Garcés

 


2011-2012 Season #31
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) Productions Presented at LHT's 450 Post Street home theatre in San Francisco

 

April 4-May 12, 2012
Blues for an Alabama Sky
by Pearl Cleage
directed by Michele Shay
featuring Robert Gossett

 

February 8-March 18, 2012
Blue/Orange
by Joe Penhall
directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
featuring Carl Lumbly

 

December 4-31, 2011
Rejoice!
book by Ron Stacker Thompson
concept by Ron Stacker Thompson and Pamela Goodlow-Green
music and lyrics by Nolan Shaheed
additional lyrics by Ron Stacker Thompson
directed by Margo Hall
musical directors Jacqueline Hairston and César Cancino
choreographer Traci Tolmiere

 

October 11-November 20, 2011
Two One-Act Plays:
Almost Nothing

by Marcos Barbosa
Day of Absence
by Douglas Turner Ward
directed by Steven Anthony Jones

 


2010-2011 Season #30
"Bravo30!"

March 3-27, 2011
Fabulation; or The Re-Education of Undine
by Lynn Nottage
featuring Margo Hall
directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang
choreography by Pampa Cortes
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center

 

February 25-April 10, 2011
Our subscribers saw
Berkeley Repertory Theater presents
a co-production with the Huntington Theatre Company and LaJolla Playhouse
in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Ruined
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Liesl Tommy
as part of our season

 

December 10-31, 2010
Joyful Noise; A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
conceived by Stanley E. Williams
additional text by André C. Andrée and Marc Pâquette
featuring Robin Hodge-Williams
with André C. Andrée
directed by Buddy Butler
musical director Robin Hodge-Williams
choreographer Brian Gibbs
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center

 

October 29-November 21, 2010
Our subscribers saw
American Conservatory Theatre presents
Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet
by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Mark Rucker
as part of our season

 


2009-2010 Season #29
"Hope, Home & New Horizons"

December 16-27, 2009
Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
concieved and directed by Stanley E. Williams
additional text and lyrics by Marc Pâquette
featuring Debra Henderson
musical director Arvis Strickling-Jones
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at PG&E Auditorium

 

January 15 - February 28, 2010
our subscribers saw
Berkeley Rep presents
Coming Home
by Athol Fugard
directed by Gordon Edelstein
as part of our season

 

February 18 - March 7, 2009
Mahalia: A Gospel Musical
by Tom Stolz
directed by Stanley E. Williams
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at Post Street Theatre

 


2008-2009 Season #28
"The Passport Season 1"

October 2008
our subscibers saw
Radio Golf
by August Wilson
at TheatreWorks
as part of our season

 

December 16-27, 2007
Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
concieved and directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling Jones
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at PG&E Auditorium

 

February 12 - March 1, 2009
Waitin' 2 End Hell
by William a. Parker
directed by Buddy Butler
presented by Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at PG&E Auditorium

 

March 18 - April 25 2009
SF Playhouse & Lorraine Hansberry Theatre present
The Story
by Tracey Scott Wilson
directed by Margo Hall
presented at SF Playhouse

 

June 2009
our subscribers saw
San Francisco Opera presents
In association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
The Gershwins® Porgy and Bess (sm)
by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
directed by Francesco Zambello
conducted by John DeMain
At the War Memorial Opera House
as part of our season

 


2007-2008 Season #27

October 2007
our subscibers saw
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
at The SHN Orpheum Theatre
as part of our season

 

October 11 - November 11, 2007
The Bluest Eye
novel by Toni Morrison
adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond
directed by Walter Dallas

 

November 29 - December 30, 2007
The Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
concieved and directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Yvonne Cobbs-Bey
additional text by André C. Andrée and Marc Pâquette
featuring the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol
also featuring Yvonne Cobbs-Bey
with Yolanda Cato Freeman

 

February 5 - March 8 2008
Word for Word Performing Arts Company presents
in association with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Sonny's Blues
by James Baldwin
directed by Margo Hall

 

April 20 - May 27, 2008
Fences
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams
featuring Alex Morris as Troy Maxson
this was the final production at our 620 Sutter Street location


(Summer rental show not part of  LHT season)
July 5-29, 2007
Rrazz Productions & Dominic Alario present
Paul Lekakis & Scott Douglas Cunningham in
Two Boys In A Bed on a Cold Winters Night
a play by James Edwin Parker
directed by David Drake

 


2006-2007 Season #26

October 26 - November 5, 2006
Cultural Odyssey's Medea Project -- Theatre for Incarcerated Women
My Life in the Concrete Jungle
inspired by My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
directed by Rhodessa Jones
music by Idris Ackamoor

 

November 24 - December 24, 2006
Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
inspired by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Robin Hodge-Williams

 

February 1 - March 4, 2007
Joe Turner's Come and Gone
by August Wilson
Directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

March 15, 2007
Senghor Celebration: The Life and Poetry of Léopold Sédar Senghor
by Zack Rogow and Stanley E. Williams
Directed by Stanley E. Williams
(not part of our season)

 

March 15 - April 15, 2007
Bricktop
conceived by Calvin A. Ramsey
book and lyrics by Calvin A. Ramsey and Thomas W. Jones, II
original music by S. Renee Clark
directed by Thomas W. Jones, II
choreography by Dawn Axam

 

May 10 - June 3, 2007
Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston
adapted by George C. Wolfe
music by Chic Street Man
additional music for this production by Kim Nalley
directed and choreographed by Darryl V. Jones


(Summer rental show not part of our season)
June 8 - July 30, 2006
Joe Spotts presents
Leslie Jordan in Like a Dog on Linoleum
by Leslie Jordan
directed by David Galligan

 


2005-2006 25th Anniversary Season
"Bravo25!
"

November 25 - December 24, 2005
Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas
inspired by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Robin Hodge-Williams

 

February 2006
our subscibers saw
Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson
at American Conservatory Theatre
as part of our season

 

February 2 - 26, 2006
from okra to greens / a different kinda love story
by Ntozake Shange
directed by Danny Duncan & Stanley E. Williams

 

March 16 - April 9, 2006
I Just Stopped By to See The Man
by Stephen Jeffreys
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

May 11 - June 4, 2006
Jared Choclatt's Hit It!
by Jared "Choclatt" Crawford & Andre C. Andree
directed by Stanley E. Williams


(Summer rental show not part of our season)
Make It So Productions presents
Matthew Martin and Varla Jean Merman in
Hush Up! Sweet Charlotte

 


2004-2005 Season #24

Looking Over the President's Shoulder
by James Still
directed by Regge Life

 

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Robin Hodge-Williams

 

our subscribers saw
Polk County
by Zora Neale Hurston
at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

 

Crumbs from the Table of Joy
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Blue
by Charles Randolph-Wright
directed by Buddy Butler

 


2003-2004 Season #23

our subscribers saw
Topdog/Underdog
by Susan-Lori Parks
at the SHN Curran Theatre (Best of Broadway)

 

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Lanston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling-Jones

 

our subscribers saw
Levee James
by A.C.T.

 

King Hedley II
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Eubie! A New Musical Revue
Music by Eubie Blake: Conceived by Julianne Boyd

 


2002-2003 Season #22

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling-Jones

 

Seven Guitars
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

The Dance on Widow's Row
by Samm-Art Williams
directed by Buddy Butler
featuring Ted Lange

 

Black and Blue: A Musical Revue
conceived by Hector Orezzoli & Claudio Segovia
directed by Stanley E. Williams and Danny Duncan
choreography by Danny Duncan

 

LHT subscribers saw
The Dazzle
by Richard Greenberg
and/or
Lackawanna Blues
by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
at American Conservatory Theatre

 


2001-2002 Season #21

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling-Jones

 

Urban Zulu Mambo
conceived by Regina Taylor
short works by Susan-Lori Parks, Ntozake Shange & Kia Corthron
DIrected by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

 

The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Ain't Misbehavin
by Murray Horwitz & Richard Maltby Jr.
music by Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller
Directed & Choreographed by Danny Duncan
Musical Director Teryl Saunders-McGriff

 


2000-2001 20th Anniversary Season

One Day in the Life (with Recovery Theatre)
by Marvin X

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
directed by Luther James

 

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling-Jones

 

Waiting to be Invited
by S.M. Shepperd-Massat
directed by Paul Carter Harrison

 

Bee
by Prince Gomolvilas

 

Twelfth Night
by Wm. Shakespeare
directed by Whitney J. LeBlanc

 


1999-2000 Season #19

Cultural Odyssey Presents
Indigo Blues
by Judi Ann Mason
directed by Lou Bellamy

 

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play
by Langston Hughes
directed by Stanley E. Williams
Musical Director Arvis Strickling-Jones

 

Lift Every Voice

 

Everybody's Ruby
by Thulani Davis
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 


1998-1999 Season #18

Jitney
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae
by Marcia Leslie
directed by Paul Carter Harrison

 

Gethsemane Park
a Gospel Opera by Ishmael Reed and Carman Moore
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 


1997-1998 Season #17

Your Arm’s Too Short to Box with God
by Vinnette Carol and Alex Bradford
directed by Samuel G. LeSane


(Summer rental show - not part of LHT season)

June 23-August, 1997
Earnest Ventures presents
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
directed by Dan Oliverio

 


1996-1997 Season #16

One Mo' Time
by Vernel Bagnaris
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Lift Every Voice Series: Ruby Dee

Lift Every Voice Series: Danny Glover

 


1995-1996 15th Anniversary Season

Tamborines to Glory
by Langston Hughes
directed by Danny Duncan 


(Summer rental show not part of LHT season)
Sassymouth Productions presents
Medea the Musical
written and directed by John Fisher

 


1994-1995 Season #14

The Amen Corner
by James Baldwin

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
25th anniversary production
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 


1993-1994 Season #13

Steal Away
by Ramona King
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Two Trains Running
by August Wilson

 


1992-1993 Season #12

Christopher Columbus 1992
created by and starring Roger Guenveur Smith
presented in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

 

More Tales of Brer Rabbit
adapted and directed by Stanley E. Williams


1991-1992 Season #11

The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson

 

Legends and Folktales of Brer Rabbit
adapted & directed by Stanley E. WIlliams

 

Re/Membering Aunt Jemima
by Glenda Dickerson

 

The Love Space Demands
by Ntozake Shange

 

Henry O. Tanner; Portrait of an African American Artist
by Stanley E. Williams

 

Telling You My Dreams from a Cloud Sailing By
by David Rousseve

 

A Soldier's Play
by Charles Fuller

 


1990-1991 10th Anniversary Season

Dutchman
by Amiri Baraka
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Fences
by August Wilson
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Lift Every Voice Series: Roger Guenveur Smith

 

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
directed by Whitney J. LeBlanc

 


1989-1990 Season #9

I Ain't Yo Uncle: The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Robert Alexander

 


1988-1989 Season #8

Joe Turner's Come and Gone (with American Conservatory Theatre)
by August Wilson

Sophisticated Ladies
the music of Duke Ellington
directed by Luther James

The Bluest Eye
(Staged reading of a script by Stanley E. Williams and Quentin Easter, based on the novel by Toni Morrison)

 


1987-1988 Season #7

The Colored Museum
by George C. Wolfe
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Checkmates
by Ron Milner
directed by Woody King Jr.

 

The Resurrection of Lady Lester
by OyamO
May 6 - June 13, 1988
directed by Claude Purdy

 


1986-1987 Season #6

Sarita
by Maria Irene Fornes
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Endangered Species
By Kim Euell – World Premiere

 

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
By Errol John
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

3 Views of Mount Fuji
by Ntozake Shange – World Premiere
June 5 - ?, 1987
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 


1985-1986 5th Anniversary Season

The River Niger
By Joseph Walker

 

LBJ (Long Binh Jail: The War Within the War)
by Jamal – World Premiere
Directed by Stanley E. Williams
Dramalogue Awards: New Play, Direction, Production

 

In the House of Blues
By David Charles – West Coast Premiere
Directed by Buddy Butler

 

Mosquito Man
by Ellen Sebastian – World Premiere

 

Les Blancs
by Lorraine Hansberry
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 


1984-1985 Season #4

Home
by Samm-Art Williams
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

Livin’ Fat
by Judi Mason
Jan 18 - Feb 24, 1985
directed by Walter Dallas

 

Spell #7
by Ntozake Shange
March 22 - May 5, 1985
directed by Keryl E. McCord
choreography by Halifu Osumare

 

The Third Life of Grange Copeland
adapted & directed by Stanley E. Williams from the novel by Alice Walker – World Premiere

 

Air Guitar
by Robert Alexander – World Premiere
BATCC Awards: Musical Score, Sound Design, Choreography
Drama-Logue Awards: New Play, Direction, Musical Score
“Year’s Ten Best Plays” – SF Bay Guardian

 


1983-1984 Season #3

Old Phantoms
by Gus Edwards – West Coast Premiere

 

Boogie Woogie Landscapes
by Ntozake Shange – World Premiere
directed by Stanley E. Williams

 

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
25th Anniversary Production
directed and designed by Whitney J. LeBlanc
“Year’s Ten Best Plays” – SF Bay Guardian

 

Checkmate
by Larry Americ Allen – World Premiere

 

Family Portrait
by Beverly A. Smith – World Premiere

 

Dream on Monkey Mountain
by Derek Walcott

 


1982-1983 Season #2

Transitions for a Mime Poem
by Owa – West Coast Premiere
featuring Ed Mock

 

Jump at the Sun
adapted by Glenda Dickerson from the novel Their Eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – West Coast Premiere
“Year’s Ten Best Plays” – SF Bay Guardian

 

We Almost Made it to the Superbowl
by Robert Alexander – World Premiere

 

Zooman and the Sign
by Charles Fuller – West Coast Premiere
“Year’s Ten Best Plays” – SF Bay Guardian

 

Funnyhouse of a Negro
by Adrienne Kennedy

 


1981-1982 Season #1

Prophecy in America (The Life of Martin Luther King)
by Felix Justice

 

Can I Speak for You, Brother?
by Philip Walker

 

Nevis Mountain Dew
by Steve Carter – West Coast Premiere

 

First LHT production
Two One-Act Plays:
Trials of Brother Jero

by Wole Soyinka
and
Companions of the Fire
by Ali Wadud – West Coast Premiere