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A story of co-founders W.E.B. Du Bois and May Ovington in the early days of the N.A.A.C.P. West Coast Premiere.
WHAT: Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington. West Coast Premiere engagement of a new play.
WHO: Written by Clare Coss. Directed by Ben Guillory. Produced by The Robey Theatre Company. Featuring Ben Guillory and Melanie Cruz.
W.E.B. Du Bois, Ph.D., and Mary White “May” Ovington are co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization is just five years old on a Sunday morning in June, 1915, when Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington are the sole occupants of the NAACP office in New York. Du Bois is Black. Miss Ovington is white. Both are opposed to the oppression of people of color.
Dr. Du Bois is intent on resigning from the NAACP, infuriated by the condescension and opposition he has received from white board members of the organization. Miss Ovington believes such a move would be disastrous both for himself and the organization, and she attempts to dissuade him from what she is convinced is a destructive course of action. Complicating matters is the pair’s evident attraction to each other, a relationship that would be widely condemned in 1915.
Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington is fascinating examination of two historical figures, flesh-and-blood human beings, whose actions would impact the lives of millions of people for generations to come.
Clare Coss is the playwright. Her previous works include: Emmett, Down in My Heart Lillian Wald at Home on Henry Street The Blessing Dangerous Territory and Growing Up Gothic. Ms. Coss is an activist and psychotherapist. Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington debuted in New York in 2014. The Robey Thaetre Company production marks its West Coast Premiere.
Melanie Cruz portrays May Ovington. The Barnard-trained actor appeared on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire How Katrina Plays The Vagina Monologues and Goodbye, Marilyn: A Love Letter. You’ve seen her on TV in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. House, M.D. American Horror Story Big Love and more.
Ben Guillory directs, and is Dr. Du Bois. The Producing Artistic Director of Robey Theatre Company, he has directed or appeared in many of Robey’s productions, including Knock Me a Kiss (in which he also appeared as Du Bois), The River Niger, The Last Season, For the Love of Freedom, No Place to Be Somebody, The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel Anna Lucasta Pity the Proud Ones The Reckoning Permanent Collection many more. His screen credits include roles in The Hariyama Bridge The Color Purple Maid to Order many more. He’s appeared in dozens of television series.
The Robey Theatre Company is in its third decade devoted to excellence in Black theatre, depicting the experiences of the Black diaspora.
Presenter / Producer: Robey Theatre Co.
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 866-811-4111
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles CA 90013
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 4/20/2017 - 5/21/2017
Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00.
$30. Seniors (60+), students, veterans, LAUSD teachers, groups of ten or more, $20. For more information about group sales, please call (213) 489-7402. Gala Opening on April 22 is $50.
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