SEASON 23 - 2016
Starring Nancy Cheryll Davis
Written by Nancy Cheryll Davis
Adapted from the Towne Street Theatre play Passing, and Nella Larsen's 1927 novella Passing.
Nancy Cheryll Davis's acclaimed one-women show was a hit in L.A. and Germany, so she brought it back!
Friday, February 10 at 8pm @ Murphy Recital Hall
Enjoy this artistic documentation of the Los Angeles performance of "PassingSOLO."
On Opening Night (Oct. 8th), audiences are invited to dress up in your most fabulous 1920s-inspired attire. After the production, the 20s' fun continues with a Champagne & Dessert Reception in Stella Adler's Speakeasy.
Each Sunday, the show is followed by a presentation or talkback with a special guest moderator.
Oct. 9th: A special Visual Presentation on the works and life of Harlem Renaissance Photographer James Van Der Zee, by Rosalind Goddard, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at Los Angeles City College, and a TST Advisory Board Member.
Oct. 16th: Talkback with Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander, Full Professor of Performance Studies and Dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University.
Oct. 23rd: Talkback with Dr. Stephanie Batiste, Associate Professor in the Departments of English & Black Studies, and Director, Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Also Closing Night celebrates the show’s run with special salute to the Towne Street Theatre Advisory Board for 10 years of service, followed by a Wine & Cheese Reception in the Speakeasy.
“Talkbacks and receptions are our opportunity to engage in dialogue about issues that affect our community, both past and present. Staying true to the TST mission of affecting social change, we always look forward to hearing the responses and experiences of our audience members on how our work impacts them,” says Davis.
1920s Harlem. Like a moth to a flame, Irene Westover Redfield is drawn to childhood friend Clare Kendry Bellew, who has suddenly reappeared in her life. Both share a secret. Their birth certificates read “Negro” but both can — and do — pass as white.
A memory play, “PassingSOLO” explores the conflicting demands of race and friendship... the slippery line between trust and deception... always with the danger of discovery. Nancy Cheryll Davis portrays both Irene and Clare, as their renewed friendship exposes the price we pay in a society where freedom is bought with deceit.
Directed by Nancy Renee
Production Design by Nathaniel Bellamy
Video Projection Design by Ken Cosby
Publicity by Brittany Gash Public Relations & Marketing
Graphic Design by Rene Cross-Washington
Production Stage Manager - Kristina Roth
Produced by Nancy Cheryll Davis, Nathaniel Bellamy,
Nancy Renee, Ken Cosby, Jackie Marriott and Mark V. Jones