DANCING ON EGGSHELLS to Premiere at Billie Holiday Theatre
On the heels of their successful production Brothers from the Bottom starring Wendell Pierce, a play about gentrification, The Billie Holiday Theatre (BHT) is pleased to announce the world premiere of Dancing on Eggshells by award-winning playwright Cynthia G. Robinson and directed by the Billie Holiday Theatre's own Cezar Williams.
The Billie Holiday Theatre takes on a provocative subject with Dancing on Eggshells, (set to run April 23-May 17) as a ballerina struggles with the trauma of being raised in a family plagued by domestic violence. Haunted by childhood memories, she confronts a secret that threatens to destroy her.
Dealing with culturally relevant subject matter is the mission of The Billie Holiday Theatre, says artistic director Jackie Alexander. "Theatre should not only entertain, but also educate. Dancing on Eggshells exposes the pain and destruction of domestic violence, while reminding us that redemption is always possible."
Dancing on Eggshells playwright Cynthia G. Robinson holds a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English Education from New York University. Her post-graduate studies include English Education at Trinity College, University of Oxford in the U.K. Cynthia's plays include: Ascension, Peola's Passing, Nightfall, Gold Star Mother, Thunder: A Musical Memoir, and The Panacea. She is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Director Cezar Williams is also an actor and dramaturge. Recent credits include Free Will
at The Arthur Seelen Theatre, Ghost Town and Tailypo at the Detroit NY Festival, Nightfall
and Slow Gin Fits both at The Fire This Time Festival. He has worked at venues including The Actor's Studio, Williamstown Theater Festival, Summer Shorts, La Mama, The Cherry Lane, Bleeker Street Theater, and the Kraine Theater. Cezar is a graduate of New York University and recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars award. He is also the co-founder of Robinson Williams Productions, a theater production company based in Yonkers, NY, which he runs with his wife, playwright Cynthia G. Robinson.
For the next two years, as the award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation undergoes a multi-million dollar facelift, the BHT is bringing their acclaimed productions to the heart of Brooklyn's flourishing Downtown Cultural District through a residency at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse, 126 Saint Felix Street, between Hanson and Lafayette.
Choreographer - Traci Tolmaire*,Music Composer/Sound Design - Christa Victoria; Assistant Director - Eric Othello Butler; Set Designer - Pavlo Bosyy; Assistant Set Designer - Liana Haley Jackson; Lighting Designer - Joyce Liao; Costume Designer - Ramona Ponce; Stage Manager - Avan*; Assistant Stage Manager - Norman Anthony Small*; Technical Director - E.F. Morrill
*Members of Actor's Equity Association