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UNDER THIS ROOF

Under This Roof
World Premiere
by
Barbara Kingsley


Presented by the Guthrie Theater in its

Dowling Studio

May 4  - 20, 2018

 

Directed by James A. Williams

Assistant Direction by Roxane Battle

AUDIENCE REACTIONS TO Under This Roof:


“. . .so thoughtful. . .a text that is rich, meaningful & a creation that is genuine and ethical. . .believable, important, needed & powerful.”

“It was insightful to see things from the ‘other side’.”

“The play reminded me of O’Neill.  Very deep story, clear yet dark themes and deep, fascinating characters.”

“Don’t ever assume you know what someone else is going through!”

ABOUT UNDER THIS ROOF

Set in the late 1940s against the backdrop of post-WWII recovery in America, this four- character, two-act play takes place in the segregated black neighborhood of Central Cleveland, where characters Mamie and Raymond Warren reside.  Mamie desperately needs household help after her husband has a serious accident. On the recommendation of a friend, Mamie hires a down-on-her-luck woman named Bessie, whose arrival brings surprises and new challenges. In this setting, Under this Roof explores themes of mature love, family, disability, and race on an ever-shifting axis, with often-unexpected comic, painful, and heartfelt results.

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Under This Roof
Cast and Production Team

Cast

Mamie Warren                Yolande Bruce*                           Raymond Warren            Brian A. Grandison 
Bessie Washington         Laura Esping*
Mason Mueller                Nathan R. Stenberg                             
Creative

Director                               James A. Williams
Assistant Director               Roxane Battle
Dramaturg                          Stephanie Lein Walseth             Disability Consultant          MacGregor Arney                     Lighting Designer              Thomas Barrett                         Costume Designer             Amber Brown                           
Scenery and                       Michael Burden
Property Designer                        
Sound Designer                 Katharine Horowitz                   Stage Manager                  Kenji Shoemaker    

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PRODUCTION HISTORY

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