A play by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by Dmae Lo Roberts The odds are against this intriguing pair. A Japanese wife and her Black husband struggle against the headwinds of racism, cultural misunderstandings, and the passage of time that have worn them and their 30-year marriage to the bone. But she’s not content to toss […]

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Seven Guitars by August Wilson

directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray Previews: March 15 & 16Runs: March 17 – April 9, 2023 Seven Guitars is the sixth of 10 plays in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a decade-by-decade representation of African Americans’ experiences through the 20th century. Set in 1948 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Seven Guitars opens just after a funeral. […]

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Seven Guitars Actor Profile: Josie Seid

When the lights go up on PassinArt’s forthcoming production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Josie Seid enters singing an old Fats Waller song. “Anybody here wanna try my cabbage just step this way. Anybody here like to try my cabbage just holler hey.”  Although it might seem that Seid’s character, Louise, is singing to us […]

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Black Nativity 2023

Black Nativity

By Langston HughesDirected by Jerry FosterNovember 25 – December 10, 2023 Brunish Theatre4th Floor, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave.Portland, OR 97205 PassinArt: A Theatre Company presents Black Nativity by poet and playwright Langston Hughes. Based on the traditional Nativity story, the spirit-filled, inspiring gospel song play features traditional Christmas carols performed in a gospel style with a […]

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Aida Overton Walker

1880 – 1914 Dancer / Choreographer / Singer One of the first Black choreographers on the American stage.  Among the first international Black stars, she toured Europe with Bert Williams and her husband, George Walker, in the hit musicals they wrote and produced. Following George Walker’s illness and death, in 1911, she kept working, frequently […]

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Black History Did You Know? Moment: Glynn Turman

Did You Know? Glynn Turman co-starred at age 12 as Travis Younger in the original 1959 Broadway stage production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. The classic stars Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett Jr., Lonnie Elder III, and John Fiedler. Today, Glynn Turman is an actor, writer, […]

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