2011 - 2012 Season
In our 35th Anniversary season we pause to consider the scope of our growth both in black theatre and as a nation. I’ve chosen retrospective pieces to remind us of where we’ve been, and a new play that helps us discover where we’re going. Without one, the other would lose its significance as a barometer of our progress and condition.
One of our most important roles as a leading African American theatre is to maintain and stabilize a healthy black performing arts community; Penumbra cultivates new work and new artists, even as we celebrate our past with giants like James Baldwin and August Wilson.
I hope these plays will embolden you to engage in dialogue and take action around issues of racism and social justice. As Wilson wrote, “to live life with dignity, to celebrate and accept responsibility for your presence in the world, is all that can be asked of anyone.” Change happens one person at a time, but it really does take a village. Carry some water.
The Penumbra 2011-2012 Season
Two Trains Running
Julius by Design
Bourbon at the Border
The Amen Corner
A Special Presentation at Penumbra