Keen Company has revealed casting for its upcoming Off-Broadway revival of two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage's Crumbs From the Table of Joy. Directed by Colette Robert, the production will run February 21-April 1 with opening night set for March 7 at Theatre Row's Theatre Five.
The cast will include Shanel Bailey (The Book of Mormon), Jason Bowen (The Play That Goes Wrong), Sharina Martin (The Piano Lesson), Natalia Payne (Fairview), and Malika Samuel (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
The work follows 17-year-old Ernestine Crump as her family relocates from Pensacola to Brooklyn after the death of her mother. Keen's production is the work's first in New York City since its 1995 premiere at Second Stage, which served as Nottage's professional debut.
"Crumbs from the Table of Joy was my first professional production, and marked the beginning of my career in the theatre," says Nottage in a statement. "It is a wonderful and daunting proposition to revisit an old dear friend, and I’m beyond excited."
"Lynn writes with so much empathy and expansiveness and Crumbs from the Table of Joy is no different," adds Robert. "It speaks to this current moment of grief, dislocation, and political awakening within a Black family. It is filled with humor, heartbreak, and most importantly, hope."
Robert's creative team will include scenic designer Brendan Gonzales Boston, costume designer Johanna Pan, lighting designer Anshuman Bhatia, sound designer Broken Chord, wig designer Nikiya Mathis, and prop designer Caitlyn Murphy. Shane Schnetzler is production stage manager, and the production is cast by tbd casting's Stephanie Yankwitt.
The production is being presented with support from Rosalind Productions.