The Black Nativity at Bowie State University, Nov 29-Dec 7

The Black Nativity at Bowie State University, Nov 29-Dec 7

The Black Nativity
by Langston Hughes
Directed by Eric Ruffin

Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m.

Description: The Theater Alliance presents Langston Hughes’ classic retelling of the Christmas story, directed by Eric Ruffin. An ensemble cast performs the tale from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and griot-style storytelling.

Location: Black Box Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University

Tickets: General: $35; Senior (60+): $20; Student; $20; BSU Student/Faculty/Staff: $10. Buy tickets on-line.

Bob Bartlett

Which Me Do You Want to See at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 30

Which Me Do You Want to See at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 30

Which Me Do You Want to See
Written by Makayla Messam

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 5pm

“Which Me Do You Want To See?” chronicles two different women who live parallel lives, expressed through poetry, dance and song.

STARRING: Makayla Messam and Manice Lester

Tickets can be booked via email at by 2pm before the show on Nov 30th for $20 or purchased at the door for $25.

The Heroes Tale at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 29

The Heroes Tale at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Nov 29

The Heroes Tale
Written by Cheryl Butler-Poole
Directed by Gregory Poole

A guest production from GroundWork Entertainment

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Saturday, November 29, 2014, performances at 3PM and 8PM.

The Heroes’ Tale, a unique one-act drama, chronicles the story of four African American men – the Dupont Circle Heroes – from the 1960s through the 1980s and their startling connection with a young biracial woman in search of her identity. This unique production provocatively reveals the history of the Heroes while taking a fresh look at social issues including wrongful imprisonment, rape, interracial relationships, racial identity, gentrification and the plight of DC’s disenfranchised citizens.

General Admission: $15 matinee; $20 evening
Buy Tickets online

Open Enrollment for the Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical, Nov 24 – Dec 13

Open Enrollment for the Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical, Nov 24 – Dec 13

Open Enrollment for the Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical, Nov 24 – Dec 13

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Department

Enrollment opens November 24, 2014 for non-residents.


The annual Greenbelt Youth Musical, now in its fifteenth year, is an open-enrollment musical theater program for teen actors in grades seven through twelve. The program gives teen actors the opportunity to work with professional theater artists and experience the fun of bringing original musical works to life, while building confidence and community. The environment is affirming, the process is fun, and the productions are excellent:


Secret Circus is the story of a traveling circus in 1930’s-era Europe, racing against time to smuggle to safety people deemed physically unacceptable by the rising fascist regime. One refugee, Anya, must confront her own discomfort with the sideshow prodigies of the circus even as she accepts their help in fleeing persecution. It is a touching, exciting, and beautiful show. Secret Circus was last performed in Greenbelt ten years ago, by Camp Encore. The 2015 edition of the show features an expanded story, with additional songs, new dialogue, and enhanced circus production values.


The Greenbelt Youth Musical is open to all interested performers in grades seven through twelve. Everyone who enrolls is cast in the show. Attendance is required for all participants at our two casting rehearsals, which are coming up soon on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and Monday, December 15 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (perfect timing for those of you who will be going through musical withdrawal following the close of Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Hairspray). We have also reserved Wednesday, December 17, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for principal callbacks, if needed. After the casting rehearsals, we will take a break until Friday, January 9, when regular rehearsals will begin. In the interim, author-director Chris Cherry will be fine-tuning the script and score based on our cast.


Performances will be Saturday, February 28, 2015, Sunday, March 1, 2015 and Saturday, March 7, 2015.


Registration is open now for Greenbelt residents. For non-residents, on-line registration will open on November 24, but you can fax (301-220-0561) or drop off a hard-copy registration at the Community Center now, and it will be held until the resident preference period expires. Because non-resident registrations are held and then processed in the order in which they are received, dropping off a hard-copy registration early is a way for savvy non-Greenbelters to be near the front of the queue on the day that non-resident registration officially opens. This is to your advantage, as we do reserve the right to cap enrollment to keep the cast at a manageable size. See below for links to registration materials.

The activity number for the Greenbelt Youth Musical is 144230-1. Tuition remains at $154 for residents and $177 for non-residents, and the performance ticket price remains $5. Generous scholarship assistance is available for Greenbelt residents from the Mary Purcell Geiger Scholarship Fund. (Applications are available from the Community Center business office; please contact Ruth Campbell at 240-542-2059.) Enrolling in the Greenbelt Youth Musical signals a commitment to participate in a collaborative artistic project with a company of other committed young performers. Please note that we do not issue tuition refunds in the event that an actor withdraws from the production after casting. We expect that all actors enrolling in the production are committed to participating in a fun and collaborative experience, regardless of casting, and we set the production budget based on the total tuition received.

For more information:

Stagecraft for the Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical, Nov 24 – Mar 7

Stagecraft for the Greenbelt Winter Youth Musical, Nov 24 – Mar 7

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Department

November 24, 2014 to March 7, 2015

Art Fans – Join us and run away with the circus! Volunteers ages 15 to adult are invited to help make costumes, masks, puppets and props for the upcoming Winter Youth Musical. Chris Cherry’s new edition of Secret Circus is set in a European traveling circus of the 1930s, complete with acrobats, sideshow performers, trained dogs, a lion and more! Sewing skills/machines are helpful but NOT REQUIRED. Learn! Play! Create! Volunteers are welcome to work in our production studio at the Community Center, and/or to work on projects at home. We’ll be building the show now through the end of February. Participate as much as you like and are able. Contact Nicole DeWald at

See you in the studio!