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Save the Date!
Celebrate Kwanzaa 2014 at Weathervane!

KwanzaaWhen: New Year's Eve — Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
For: A night to celebrate Kuumba — “Creativity”
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Weathervane Playhouse
1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron
Cost: Free!

 

Weathervane Playhouse — in conjunction with The Akron African-American Cultural Association and the Akron-Canton Association of Black Social Workers — will host a night to celebrate Kuumba (“Creativity”) on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.

ALL are invited to attend this free event!

Would you like more information about this event? Contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-812-0101 or CLICK HERE to send her an e-mail!

WHAT IS KWANZAA?

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States (and more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67. 

Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba — the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world."

These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

Umoja (Unity) — To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)  To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)  To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)  To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose)  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity)  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith) To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat on which other symbols are placed, corn and other crops, a candle holder with seven candles, called a kinara, a communal cup for pouring libations, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles.

(CLICK HERE for the source of this information about Kwanzaa.)

"4000 Miles" -- Nov. 5 to 15, 2014

Running Wednesday, Jan. 14 to Saturday, Jan 24, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Wednesdays — Jan. 14 and 21 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays — Jan. 15 and 22 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Jan. 16 and 23 —  at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Jan. 17 and 24 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

A drama by Michael Oatman
Directed by Jennifer Kay Jeter

About the Play

Sponsored by Margaret J. Dietz

In this new play commissioned by Weathervane Playhouse, a homeless man camps out in front of a luxury apartment building and begins to impact its residents in strange and wonderful ways as he traces back the incidents that lead to his committing a horrible crime.

► Warning: Due to adult language and situations, the play is not recommended for children.

About the Playwright

MICHAEL OATMAN — a Cleveland-born playwright, actor and director — held the honor of being only the second playwright in residence in Karamu House’s storied, nearly 100-year history in Cleveland. (The first was Langston Hughes.) In 2011, The Cleveland Arts Prize awarded Oatman the Emerging Artist Award in Literature. Oatman’s short play Warpaint was the 2009 Finalist for the Kennedy Center Best Short Play, and his play The Chittlin’ Thief was named Best Comedy of 2008 by The African American Playwrights Exchange. Northeast Ohio audiences have seen Oatman's work at Cleveland Play House FusionFest, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland State University and the Ingenuity Festival. Profiles of Oatman and his work — which includes Eclipse: The War Between Pac and B.I.G., My Africa, A Solitary Voice and Drowning the Flame — have been featured in both The New York Times and American Theatre. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Cleveland State University.

TICKET INFORMATION

$18
$16 for Weathervane subscribers

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE VENUE

Crazy Man is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

THE CAST

TYSON SEBREE
John

DANEA RHODES
Regina

JASEN J. SMITH
Peter

NICOLAS WALKER
Crazy Man / Elam

NICOLE STRONG
Ms. Lewis

AIMEE LAMBES
Sara

JERMAINE HARRIS
Akil / Skills

DEANDRE HAIRSTON-KARIM
Twon

EULA ROBERTS
Frederick / Black Business Man / Cowlings

JIM HAGAN
Guard / White Business Man

TYLER PERREN
Spencer

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JENNIFER KAY JETER
Director

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Stage Manager

ARMANI WHITING
Assistant Stage Manager

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Lighting Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Properties Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

"A Raisin in the Sun" -- Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

Running Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and 12 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13 — at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 14 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — Feb. 1, 8 and 15 — at 2:30 p.m.

"A Raisin in the Sun" -- Jan. 29 to Feb. 15, 2015

A drama by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Jimmie Woody

Set on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, whom everyone calls “Mama.”

When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.

Originally produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Washington Post has called it “one of a handful of great American dramas. A Raisin in the Sun belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The New York Times has hailed it as “the play that changed American theatre forever.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $5 and $21

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $15 on Thursday, Jan. 29 only.
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Jan. 29
$21 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$19 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students at all performances

Group Discounts
$17 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$15 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

TO BE ANNOUNCED
> CLICK HERE for the audition info for this play!

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JIMMIE WOODY
Director

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Stage Manager

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Properties Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

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