Nathan Motta, Artistic Director Julie Friedman, Managing Director Media contact: Julie Friedman

Dobama Theatre announces the Cleveland Premiere of brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee September 1 – 24, 2017 Preview performances on Wednesday, August 30th and Thursday, August 31st Performed at Dobama Theatre on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights

Dobama Theatre opens its 17/18 Season with the Cleveland Premiere of brownsville song (b-side for tray), running September 1 – 24, directed by Jimmie Woody.

In the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, a life with infinite potential is tragically cut short. That is where the story both begins and ends. As time shifts gracefully between past and present we meet Tray, his 9-year-old sister Devine, the grandmother who’s raising them, and get introduced to the rest of Tray’s world – a world he’ll leave far too soon.

brownsville song (b-side for tray) features Jabri Little, Lisa Langford*, Cindy Chang*, Logan Dior Williams, and Kalim Hill

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

“… such overflowing hope and love in Lee’s lyrical script that our emotional experience follows along as if buoyed by a coursing current”. – DC Metro Theater Arts

About the Playwright: KIMBER LEE ’s plays include fight, tokyo fish story, and brownsville song (b-side for tray), which premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and received 2014-15 productions at LCT3, Long Wharf Theatre, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. In May 2014, Center Theatre Group presented the world premiere of her play different words for the same thing directed by Neel Keller, and tokyo fish story premiered at South Coast Rep in March 2015. Her work has also been presented by Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), The Old Globe, Magic Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. Kimber is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow (2014-15), a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and is currently under commission at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, South Coast Rep, Denver Center Theatre Company, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, and the Bush Theatre (London). She is the recipient of the 2014 Ruby Prize, the 2013-14 PoNY Fellowship, the 2014-15 Aetna New Voices Fellowship, and the inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright residency in London. MFA: UT Austin.

About the Director: JIMMIE WOODY’s most recent directorial credits include: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee, CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris, and RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry (Weathervane Playhouse), THE AMERICA PLAY by SuzanLori Parks (University of Akron), THE SPLIT SHOW, HOW BLOOD GO, and THE BOMB by Lisa Langford (convergencecontinuum & Cleveland Public Theatre), THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, FOR COLORED GIRLS… by Ntozake Shange, JITNEY, TWO TRAINS RUNNING & JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE by August Wilson (Cuyahoga Community College), 365 DAYS/365 PLAYS by Suzan-Lori Parks (Cleveland Public Theatre), MLK DAY by Jimmie Woody, THE COLORED MUSEUM by George C. Wolfe & WHEN THE CHICKENS CAME HOME TO ROOST by Laurence Holder (Karamu House), SEEDFOLKS by Paul Fleischman (Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Botanical Garden), UNDERGROUND GRIOTS by Natalie Parker & Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival and Here Café NYC), WILBERFORCE & HOLLIS MUGLEY’S ONLY WISH by Keith Josef Adkins (Cleveland Public Theatre, The National Black Theater Festival & New York Hip Hop Festival), THE BACCHAE adapted by Wole Soyinka (Cleveland Public Theatre and Columbia University), SONG by Daniel Gray Kontar and INCOGNEGRO by Lisa Langford (Cleveland Public Theatre). Jimmie received his M.F.A. in acting from Columbia University. He is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow, is currently a Roster Artist of Theater and Digital Media at Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, and is an acting professor at Cuyahoga Community College. He would like to dedicate this production to Jimmie Wince, Shirley and Deborah Woody as well as Karen Elizabeth Greene, Alianna Defreeze and all of those who’ve lost loved ones to acts of violence.

Tickets are $29-32. Senior & Student discounts available. Call the Box Office at 216.932.3396 Walk up box office hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday during performance weeks, noon-4pm and one hour before performances.

Sunday, September 3 is a Pay-As-You-Can Performance. In an effort to remove economic barriers and to make Dobama’s productions accessible to everyone, the first Sunday of every production is a 7:30pm Pay-As-You-Can Performance.

Show dates and times: Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 – Preview Performance, all tickets $15 Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 pm – Preview Performance, all tickets $15 Friday, September 1 at 8:00 pm Saturday, September 2 at 8:00 pm Sunday, September 3 at 7:30 pm – Pay-As-You-Can Performance

Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 pm Friday, September 8 at 8:00 pm Saturday, September 9 at 8:00 pm Sunday, September 10 at 2:30 pm

Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 pm Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 pm Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 pm

Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 pm Friday, September 22 at 8:00 pm Saturday, September 23 at 8:00 pm Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 pm

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At the Heights Library, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. Please mention any accessibility needs at the time of reservation. Assisted Listening Devices are available upon request.

Dobama Theatre thanks its 2017/18 Season Sponsor Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff

Dobama Theatre is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars designated to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Dobama Theatre is also generously supported by many individual donors and the following foundations: The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation, Music and Drama Club, The David and Inez Myers Foundation, the Kulas Foundation and the William M. Weiss Foundation.

Dobama Theatre’s mission is to premiere the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality. Through educational and outreach programming, Dobama Theatre nurtures the development of theatre artists and builds new audiences for the arts while provoking an examination of our contemporary world.