Performance: January 26 - February 25, 2018
Play By: Dominique Morisseau
IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Celebrating 37 years of theatrical excellence, the award-winning
Jubilee Theatre revisits a pivotal time in American history with Dominique
Morisseau's gripping Detroit '67. Set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots,
Morisseau's Edward M. Kennedy Prize winning story remains eerily relevant today.
The world is shifting for two siblings, who are running an after-hours joint in their
basement to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into
their lives, tensions mount when dreams diverge, their tight-knit community is
threatened and the streets erupt into violence in this riveting play set to a driving
60's Motown beat.
Detroit '67 is directed Jiles R. King, II, who last directed Jubilee's sold out Musical
Spotlight Series production Gospel...Hallelujah!. This biting production stars an
ensemble of five actors, many who are familiar to the Jubilee Theatre stage, JuNene
K (Chelle), Bryan Pitts (Lank), Cherish Robinson (Bunny), Orlando Valentino (Sly)
and Katreeva Phillips (Caroline).
The remaining creative team includes set and costume design by Amy Poe, lighting
design by Jordan Smith, sound design by David Lanza, technical direction by Charlie
Porter and stage management by Michael Spencer.
Detroit '67 runs January 26-February 25, 2018 at the Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main
Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances are at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday. Press night is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
Jubilee Theatre, the Fort Worth / Dallas area's only African-American theater
producing a full season of shows, exists to create and present theatrical
works that reflect the African-American experience. Located at 506 Main Street
in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, Jubilee Theatre is easily accessible
from anywhere in the DFW Metroplex.
JUBILEE ANNOUNCES 37th ANNIVERSARY 2017 - 2018 SEASON
Main Stage Series
For the 2017-18 Season, this series will feature Five Productions,
performing November 24, 2017 through August 26, 2018.
Each production with have 24 Performances over a five week period.
A Motown Christmas
Created by Nate Jacobs
November 24 - December 24, 2017
Jubilee's Musical Gift for the Holidays!
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this Jubilee Theatre
Christmas debut. Created in 2015 by Nate Jacobs-Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe,
this exciting family-fun musical is filled with your Christmas favorites from
Motown, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5 ...
all performed in that unmistakable Jubilee Theatre style. Of all the holiday
entertainment choices this year, A Motown Christmas is your best bet by far to
get you into the Christmas Spirit!
"A Motown Christmas" was created and first produced by Nate Jacobs at the
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, FL in December 2015.
By Dominique Morisseau
January 26 - February 25, 2018
The Year That Changed Everything, For a Family and a City
50 years ago... 1967. The world is shifting for two siblings, who are running an
after-hours joint in their basement to make ends meet. But when a mysterious
woman finds her way into their lives, tensions mount when dreams diverge, their
tight-knit community is threatened and the streets erupt in violence in this
riveting play set to a driving 60's Motown beat.
"CRACKLING WITH HUMOR! Fire-up some Motown, get those hips moving and
everything will work out fine." - The New York Times
*contains adult language and themes that make it most appropriate for patrons 14 years and older.
"Detroit '67" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
Book, Lyrics and Music by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor
and Dan Wheetman
Based on an original idea by Ron Taylor
March 16 - April 15, 2018
From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago
nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint,
It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that
summons the true soul of American music. Over two dozen musical numbers are
included, among them "I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man," "Goodnight,
Irene," "Fever," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Let
the Good Times Roll." Tony-Award nominated for Best Musical, It Ain't Nothin'
But the Blues has played to rave reviews all over the country and is cherished as
an original American art form.
"It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues" is present by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
By Lydia R. Diamond
May 25 - June 24, 2018
LA Drama Critics Awards: Best Production
The affluent, African-American LeVay family gather at their Martha's Vineyard
home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective
ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads
over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the
surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.
"Stick Fly" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Blues in the Night
Conceived by Sheldon Epps
July 27 - August 26, 2018
Set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938, this incredible musical revue focuses
on three women's relationships with the same "snake-of-a-man" and their interweaving
stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith,
Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Alberta Hunter among others. Last performed on
the Jubilee Theatre stage in 2010 and back by popular demand, this Tony-Award
nominated musical features over twenty five songs with vocal arrangements
designed to "bring down the house"!
Originally produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and M
Squared Entertainment, Inc., and Joshua Silver (Associate Producer)
"Blues in the Night" is presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI)
Introducing the New Spotlight Music Series
Pick One - Pick Both!
For the 2017-2018 Season, in addition to the five Main Stage productions,
subscribers can choose one production from the New Spotlight Music Series.
Want to see both? ... No problem! Choose one music performance from the series
as part of the subscription price - choose both and pay only $25 per ticket to
see the second show!
October 6-8, 2017
Experience the vocal pipes of singing Divas as they battle for the best
performance of show-stopping solos. From blockbuster Broadway ballads, to hit
songs from decades of popular music, everyone one of them is a winner in their
own right... but only you will be the judge as to which Diva is your favorite!
October 20-22, 2017
Travel back in time for some of that old-time religion. A Gospel Singing
Jubilee, filled with the heart and soul of cherished church favorites, sung by
leading voices of the sacred music community of North Texas. You'll sing,
sway and clap your hands with joy... but you'll only try to stay in your seat!
Exclusive Engagement - One Night Only
Scott Theatre - Fort Worth Community Arts Center*
Friday, November 10, 2017
Saturday Nights Sunday Mornings: The Story of Al Green
Written and performed by DeMille Cole-Heard
Torn between two worlds... one filled with sex, drugs and rock & roll... the other
filled with the expectations of being the son of a preacher. This fascinating
one-man play with music is about the life of soul singer Al Green and his battle
with self-discovery, on the road to his ultimate redemption. What do you choose
when you're self-righteous on Sunday after being in the den of sin the night
before? Sing your way from Saturday Night to Sunday morning in this story
where truth and hope prevails.
*Ticket price includes reception party in Scott Theatre lobby following the performance.
A Message from the Artistic Director -
What a fabulous world we live in - in this place we call the theatre! This is
the place where we have the opportunity to reach out and hopefully make a
difference in someone's life and as Artistic Director of Jubilee Theatre- that
is the vision that I can see most clearly for the future of the company.
As an African American Director, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to
produce plays and present roles that compensate for the lack of our own
conservatories. To shape opportunities for African-American actors, which offer
roles that go beyond the stereotypical urban suspects, and to reveal the deeper
and varied resources of our culture- while remaining true to our mission.
The theme of our 2016-2017 Season is "Places in Time" and it is my sincere
hope that you will travel with us for what we feel will be a glorious ride
from places in our chronological past and into the time of our theatres future!
Enjoy the Season!
William (Bill) Earl Ray