Watch Nova Y. Payton and Frenchie Davis in New Video of Signature Theatre's The Color Purple | Playbill

Video Watch Nova Y. Payton and Frenchie Davis in New Video of Signature Theatre's The Color Purple

The regional production began performances August 16 in Arlington, Virginia.

Check out Signature Theatre's production of The Color Purple, running through October 9 at Signature's MAX Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. The production—starring Nova Y. Payton as Celie, Danielle J. Summons as Shug Avery, and Frenchie Davis as Sofia—began performances August 16.

The cast also includes Kaiyla Gross as Nettie, Stephawn P. Stephens as Ol’ Mister/Preacher, Solomon Parker III as Harpo, Tẹmídayọ Amay as Squeak, and Torrey Linder as Mister. Timothy Douglas, who previously helmed Signature’s Spunk and the Portland Center Stage production of The Color Purple, directs.

Comprising the ensemble are Ian Anthony Coleman, Jalisa Williams, Keenan McCarter, Nia Savoy-Dock, Raquel Jennings, Sean-Maurice Lynch, Gabrielle Rice, and Tobias A. Young. Catrina Brenae, Tyrell Stanley, and Jay Frisby are swings.

Based on the novel by Alice Walker and the Steven Spielberg-directed movie of the same name, The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

Serving on the creative team are music director Mark G. Meadows, choreographer Dane Figueroa Edidi, scenic designer Tony Cisek, costume designer Kara Harmon, lighting designer Peter Maradudin, sound designer Ryan Hickey, and hair, wig, and make-up designer J. Jared Janas. Chelsea Pace and Greg Geffrard are co-intimacy choreographers with fight choreography by Casey Kaleba. Casting is by JZ Casting, Kelly Crandall D’Amboise, and Jorge Acevedo. Kerry Epstein is the production stage manager.

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