THE NACIREMA SOCIETY

Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years


Written by PEARL CLEAGE
Directed by GREG WILLIAMS, JR.

Society meets scandal in this romantic comedy that takes a lighthearted look into one of Southern society’s grandest traditions, the annual cotillion. As the new African-American debutantes prepare for their introduction into the exclusive Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama, their strong-willed grandmothers work behind the scenes to manage young love, the revelation of old flames, and the glare of the national spotlight.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, August 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 pm

VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Studio Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

TICKETS
Regular Admission | $27
Students With Valid ID | $22
Early Bird Pre-Sale Discount Until August 18 | $22
Groups of 10 or More | $22 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.

RUN TIME
Run Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
PG-13 – RATED SHOW
Contains: Some adult content/themes. Recommended for ages 13 and up. No one under the age of four will be allowed in the theatre and all children ages 4-13 must be accompanied by an adult.

CREATIVE TEAM
Director GREG WILLIAMS, JR.
Assistant Director/Stage Manager CHRISTOPHER D. DANIEL
Scenic Designer NATHAN YNACAY
Costume and Wig Designer CHRISTIAN JONES
Makeup Artists KEONE LANCE
Props Master MELANIE WILLIAMS
Lighting Design PIPER PRODUCTIONS
Sound Design PIPER PRODUCTIONS

CAST
GRACE DUBOSE DUNBAR ANGELA SMITH
GRACIE DUNBAR KRYSTAL BLATCHER
MARIE DUNBAR HOPE LANDOR
CATHERINE ADAMS GREEN TONI DAVIS
BOBBY GREEN DAVID SYLVESTER
ALPHA CAMPBELL JACKSON CINDY BLACHE
LILLIE CAMPBELL JACKSON MELICA NDOUMBA
JANET LOGAL LAKETA CASTON-HOSEY
JESSIE ROBERTS MICHELLE DUNBAR
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PLAYWRIGHT

PEARL CLEAGE

Pearl Cleage is an accomplished playwright, journalist, poet, and novelist. She probes issues of race, sex, and love in a growing body of literary work while she reveals poignant truths about brave black women. Born on December 7, 1948 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Pearl Michelle Cleage grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Her father was a prominent minister who ran for governor of Michigan in 1962 on the Freedom Ticket; her mother was an elementary school teacher. Since the early 1980s, Cleage has drawn national attention with her dramatic works, which include Flyin’ West, an extraordinary play about pioneer black women at the turn of the century, and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Her first novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, a New York Times bestseller, and a BCALA Literary Award winner. She is also the author of I Wish I Had a Red Dress, Mad at Miles, and Deals with the Devil. A contributing editor to Essence magazine, Pearl Cleage frequently performs her work on college campuses. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Zaron W. Burnett, Jr.

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Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz'

1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film.

2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 
3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 
4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter.

5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson.

6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 
7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 
8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 
9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem.

10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 
11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture.

12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz' 1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film. 2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter. 5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson. 6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem. 10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture. 12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!