Broadway In The H.O.O.D’s
2017 -2018 Urban Theatre Series
East Texas Hot Links
Dates: August 26 – 27, 2017 Times: 2:00pm for both shows West Las Vegas Library Theatre 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106
It’s the summer of 1955 and Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of a bus has unleashed a boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. In the piney woods of East Texas where local men wander into Charlesetta’s Top o’ the Hill Cafe almost every night for comfort, solace and companionship. Times are changing, the Klan is active and young black men have been disappearing or turning up dead. This night, Delmus wants to celebrate getting a new job but the other regulars are skeptical. They try to warn him as they joke, feed the jukebox and play cards until betrayal catches all of them and life at Top o’ the Hill is changed forever. Fueled by a power of language and storytelling to rival August Wilson’s, Lee’s riveting time trip makes a terrific inaugural offering for Broadway In The H.O.O.D’s Urban Theatre Series.
Dates: October 28 – 29, 2017 Time: 2:00pm for both shows West Las Vegas Library Theatre 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106
Motown music gets the party started in Detroit in 1967. Chelle and her brother Lank transform their basement into an after-hours joint to make ends meat. But when a mysterious woman winds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and the flames of the ’67 Detroit riots engulf them all.
Something Like A Christmas Carol
Date: December 22, 2017 Time: 6:30pm West Las Vegas Library Theatre 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106
David comes home on Christmas Eve to his wife after work, but he’s home earlier than usual. His wife isn’t expecting him and rushes out of their bedroom in her robe; he notices she seems uneasy. A man then emerges from the couple’s room, wearing the husband’s robe! David runs out of his home in agony and begins to wonder what he has done to warrant his wife’s indiscretions. Was he too negligent of his wife? Maybe a bit too hard on their child? Did he not buy her enough jewelry, or not show up enough to his son’s soccer games…? That’s when the first ghost arrives — the Ghost of Christmas Past, or the Keeper of Memories (as she likes to call herself). David finds himself on a journey through time with three spirits — in search of a resolution to his life’s inoperable dilemmas.
Dates: February 9 – 25, 2018 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Judy Bayley Theatre 4505 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89154
The sixth Play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, Fences takes place in 1957 in what is assumed to be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play follows Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old man who struggles to provide for his wife and son in a time when slavery is over but the civil rights movement has still not come to fruition. Troy used to be an amazing baseball player, but was not able to make it to the Major Leagues due to the color of his skin. Troy has had to settle into the life of being a trash collector and barely scraping by, and this causes a lot of turmoil and frustration, especially in his relationships. Wilson’s play deals with dreams deferred and what it means to be a man, as well as covering themes of family and loyalty. Most notably, we see a marriage that looks loving and successful at the outset begin to fall apart as Troy’s lack of self-respect starts to crumble everything around him.