Triangle African American Theater Preview

January 14, 2018

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (General Admission)

Celebrate the rich and diverse season of African American theater in the Triangle! The Triangle Friends of African American Arts is bringing together several performing arts organizations to showcase the wonderful African American plays and musicals that will hit the stages in 2018. This special evening will include dramatic readings, songs and scenes from upcoming performances.  


Hosted by Mike Williams of The Black on Black Project. The program starts at 7pm and participating companies include…

  • Martin Luther King–An Interpretation: January 25, 2018
    • An original and thought-provoking 1-man show that is an interpretation of the many facets of Martin Luther King, Jr. The complex, human side of King is presented in this engaging performance. Ira Knight at Carrboro Arts Center. www.iraknight.org
  • Verdi – RIGOLETTO: January 26 & 28, 2018
    • The court jester Rigoletto insults and humiliates all those around him. But those words come back to haunt him, setting him and his innocent daughter Gilda on a course for disaster. North Carolina Opera at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. www.ncopera.org
  • Moses T. Alexander Greene’s “Pooled”: February 16 – 18, 2018
    • The story of how one man’s determination to be the next person to receive the Pool’s healing is challenged after learning the stories of those gathered. Deb Royals-Mizerk in association with Li V Mahob Productions at Kennedy Theatre.
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’: March 9 – 25, 2018
    • Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes delightful humor and infectious energy as a versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs from the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. www.nract.org
  • The Talk: March 10 – 11, 2018
    • The Talk is a one-man performance that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a racialized America. Presented by Sonny Kelly.
  • Leaving Eden: April 4 – 22, 2018
    • Playwright Mike Wiley and singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett explore the cyclical nature of human behavior. A story of racial tension, immigration, and economic crisis in a small North Carolina town. PlayMakers Repertory Company. www.playmakersrep.org
  • For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf: April 20 – 22, 2018
    • A staged reading Directed by Carly Prentis Jones. This acclaimed choreopoem is a series of 20 poetic monologues accompanied by dance and music. The ensemble will feature seven African-American women who will tell their interconnected stories of faith, love, empowerment and loss.The Justice Theater Project at St. Augustine University.  www.thejusticetheaterproject.org
  • Ramona King’s Steal Away: April 27 – 29, 2018
    • Set in Chicago during the Depression, 5 upstanding church ladies raise funds to send Black women to college by holding bake sales but they ultimately decide to rob a bank! Agape Theatre Project at Burning Coal Theatre. www.agapetheatreproject.com
  • Blood Done Sign My Name: May 11 – 27, 2018
    • In this world premiere ensemble version, Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Timothy Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC and the events that followed. Raleigh Little Theatre. Click for more information. 
  • Worried: The Play: June 7 – 24, 2018
    • Experience 12 monologues about people with real but different worries. With humor and a simple shared bond, each character has something that audiences can relate to. SheCow & DPPR Productions at Burning Coal Theatre. www.burningcoal.org/secondstage

Photo credit: Yolanda Rabun performing at the 1st annual Triangle African American Theater Preview in 2017. By Beth Mann/Early Bird Photo on behalf of ArtsNowNC.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds from ticket sales support the work of Triangle Friends of African American Arts.

Accessibility Information

  • The Cantey V. Sutton Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities upon request.