LATE BUS TO MECCA & EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE to Play Studio Theatre, 3/28-4/6

LATE BUS TO MECCA & EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE to Play Studio Theatre, 3/28-4/6
Two classic African American plays - Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are returning to the stage in a new and unique off-Broadway production at The Studio Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) in New York's Theatre District. With a limited run from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, April 6 2014, Late Bus To Mecca and Every Goodbye Ain't Gone are being produced by Lauren M. Smith and Michael Sonnenberg, and directed by Marishka S. Phillips.

The new production of these one-act plays highlights the African American experience and examines love, culture, and identity. "Both stories focus on finding and protecting love. Often with modern relationships, connections are thrown away for the most trivial reasons, and these stories are a reminder that love is one of our greatest sources of support and strength, and consequently should be nurtured instead of abandoned," says director Phillips, who has a successful career in theatre as a Broadway actress, international performer and acting coach.

Each play showcases intense story lines and unforgettable characters grappling with the historical movements of their eras while dealing with personal matters of the heart. With the combination of two plays in one, the production is the first of its kind, and stars a stellar company of performers who revive roles originally performed by Denzel Washington and S. Epatha Merkerson. The casts include newcomers Dana Ferguson, Donald Calliste, Chineze Enekwechie and Lauren M. Smith.

Tickets are one sale now for $33.75, and can be purchased at the theatre box office or online at Telecharge:

Written by Pearl Cleage, Late Bus To Mecca is the tale of two oppressed women trapped by the two progressive movements of their time - Civil Rights and Women's Liberation. Ava, an occasional prostitute, and ABW's (A Black Woman), lives intersect at a Detroit bus station the eve of Muhammad Ali's return fight. We follow them on a journey, as their random encounter provides each woman a way to free themselves from their current circumstances.

Written by Bill Harris, Every Goodbye Ain't Gone is a love story depicting a soldier, Frank Dandridge, and the jazz singer he can't escape, Rula Payton. As both struggle in an unfair and brutal world, Frank instantly falls for Rula, only to find that she is unable to provide him with the love he seeks. When she finally is ready to reciprocate his affection, can Frank handle it?

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