written by Kirya Traber
directed by Nia Witherspoon
Submerge Festival/Will You?
BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)
1948, Gladys Bentley, a once (in)famous Harlem renaissance performer known for breaking the rules
for gender and sexuality, finds herself at a crossroads. When her performance permit is denied,
she is threatened with professional ruin, and possibly prison time if she doesn’t “change her act” as an artist, and as a proud gender rebel.
Pernell Walker, Alfie Fuller, Rosalyn Temple, Michael Axtell, Starr Kirkland, and Jarvis Griggs
Also developed at:
National Black Theatre
Horsetrade Theatre Group
A.R.T. New York-South Oxford Space