What If…? by Cynthia Grace Robinson, in partnership with the Black Motherhood & Parenting Festival
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
May 27 – 31, 2021

In WHAT IF…? by Cynthia G. Robinson: A young woman’s need to fight for justice unleashes her mother’s fears for her child’s life. Directed by Mary E. Hodges (Slave Play, Broadway).

Executive Artist Director Teresa Coleman Wash shares, “Perhaps the most fulfilling part about my job is curating what narratives are told on our stage. We are our own secret weapon. That messaging resonated deeply with me deeply when I read Cynthia Robinson’s searing script ‘What IF…?’ We’re privileged to partner with this festival and expand our territory.”

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Br’er Peach by Andrew Saito
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
June 21 – July 17, 2021

Inspired by Southern African-American and Japanese folktales and playwright Andrew Saito’s multicultural family, this radio play follows Momotaro, a magical Japanese boy born to an elderly Black couple after an encounter with a power-filled peach. While his mother Vonda resists the encroachment of a billionaire ogre’s capitalist mega-corporation, Momo wanders the wilds of Georgia, meeting animal friends and foes along the way. Can they reunite and thrive together as a family, against all odds?

Br’er Peach is a rolling world premiere audio play originating at Alter Theater in San Francisco, CA and connecting BIPOC theatres across the country. The play is produced in collaboration with Alter Theater and The ParsnipShip, a media company based in Brooklyn, NY who have been producing live podcast plays since 2015.

Previous Shows From Our 2020 - 2021 Season

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
A Radio Play In Partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
October 13 – November 13, 2020

Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Sinclair Lewis’ darkly satirical It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) will join many of the previous cast members to bring this political drama to life. On Tuesday, October 13 a radio production of Sinclair Lewis’ novel will broadcast at 5PM PDT/7PM CST/8PM EDT via YouTube. A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast. Mark your calendars.

Black Nativity 2020 (video on demand)
Directed by Phyllis Cicero
December 10 – December 31, 2020

Now in its 17th year, Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents a digital version of our finger-tapping, hand-clapping, toe-tapping annual holiday production of Black Nativity. This year’s performance features an award-winning cast from years past under the imaginative direction of Phyllis Cicero with masterful musical composition by Myles Tate. Standout performances include Dallas-based TMJ Dance Project with choreography by Terrence M. Johnson. This video on demand performance is a must-see for the entire family!

Before You Get Married by Franky Gonzalez (audio play)
Directed by Sasha Maya Ada Davis
February 11 – March 12, 2021

Before You Get Married explores the relationship between siblings Jason and Alicia who discover that they may not be related – the night before Alicia’s wedding. With the passing night and flowing alcohol, both siblings eventually confess their long-repressed desires. But when another, more dangerous, secret comes to light both Jason and Alicia must find a way forward or risk losing each other forever.

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This play explores themes of suicide, has mild violence, sexual situations, and adult language.

Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage, an audio play in partnership with Profile Theatre
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
April 12 – May 8, 2021

BATC presents Profile Theatre’s production of Mlima’sTale by Lynn Nottage, directed by Reginald L. Douglas. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, tells the provocative story of Mlima, a majestic elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Beginning in a game park in Kenya and traveling around the world to a billionaire’s penthouse in the West, the play tracks the trajectory of Mlima’s tusks through real-life consequences of animal poaching. Mlima’s phantom follows close behind marking everyone involved as complicit in his demise.

“This production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, is so vibrant and alive that I could easily fill in the visuals with my imagination. […] a remarkably multisensory experience. -Krista Garver, BroadwayWorld