Current Shows

Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears.

Directed by Dr. Quincy Thomas.

Feb. 23-26, 2023 in the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St. on campus.

Often called a prelude to Shakespeare’s Othello, Harlem Duet tells the story of Othello and his first wife, Billie—the woman he married before Desdemona. Their history is told through the lives of three couples, each named Othello and Billie, during eras of special significance in the Black American Experience: 1860, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation; 1928, at the height of the historic Harlem Renaissance; and 1997, post-civil rights and pre-21st century. Written by Canadian playwright Djanet Sears and published in 1997, the play was first produced at the Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s oldest professional feminist theatre company. The inaugural production won four 1997 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and subsequently won Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award as well as the Floyd S Chalmers Canadian Play Award. The playwright has described Harlem Duet as a “rhapsodic blues tragedy.”

Tickets will go on sale in early January, 2023. Proof of vaccination and proper wearing of a mask are required for admittance.

Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears is staged by arrangement with Pam Winter, GGA, www. ggagency.ca.

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