National Black Theatre presents TyLie Shider's The Gospel Woman, the first workshop production of its 2022-23 season, beginning November 9.
Presented in partnership with Chelsea Factory, performances continue through November 13 at the Chelsea Factory. Shider is an alum of NBT’s
I Am Soul Playwright Residency Program, which launched in 2012.
Directed by Adrienne D. Williams (Angela’s Mixtape, Crumbs from the Table of Joy) with musical direction by Aaron Marcellus (Stomp), the cast features Kala Ross as Ruth, Carla R. Stewart as Orpah, Charles E. Wallace as Fowler, Ronald Emile as Wino, and Wendell Jordan as Benjamin/Bidder.
Set in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the early 1970s, The Gospel Woman tells the story of sisters Ruth and Orpah Fowler, who must find a way to set aside their differences—including a feud stemming from a demo that helped launch Orpah’s award-winning R&B career—if they are to help their aging father keep the family church from foreclosure.
“What TyLie has created during his residency really is addressing the
roots of one's maternal and paternal bloodline. He is giving us a
glimpse into his inheritance and how that legacy is interwoven with
spirit, gospel music, and a deep sense of faith. He is living up to the
values of this program, which has been to create a dynamic playground
for Black playwrights to unleash their soul on paper. With the
collaboration of Adrienne as his director, and Aaron as his MD, the
possibilities have been endless. Excited to share as a snapshot the
world they have been developing through the eyes of this dynamic cast
and creative designers in November,” said National Black Theatre
Executive Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory in an earlier statement.
Tickets are available at ChelseaFactory.org.