The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker

November 21 - December 01, 2019

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

Thursday to Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 5pm; Monday 11/25 at 8pm

$30 Adult Tickets; $25 Student/Senior Tickets (+$1 Facility Fee)

Running Time: 2 hours (one intermission)

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World Premiere
Book by Glynn Borders
Music and Lyrics by Mario E. Sprouse
Directed by Tai Thompson
Choreography by Kim Grier-Martinez

The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker follows the journey of 19-year-old Josephine Baker, from her arrival in Paris in 1925, as a company member of La Revue Negre, to her rise to stardom in Europe. Josephine is cast as the comic dancer who crosses her eyes and can’t keep up, but before long , her talent as a singer and “exotic” dancer takes her to center stage and the launch of her career. As a young woman in a foreign land, she navigates sudden fame, a new language, racial acceptance in Paris and the violent Jim Crow laws back home in America. Find out more at www.thedarkstarfromharlem.com

Cast & Creative Team

Directed by Tai Thompson
Choreography by Kim Grier-Martinez
Musical Direction by Mario E. Sprouse

featuring
Iris Beaumier*, Chris Bolan*, Katelyn Bowman*
Catherine Calloway, Heather Gault*, Joe Komara*
Kimberlee Murray*, James A. Pierce III*, Jed Peterson*,
Melissa Victor*, Zuri Washington*

Scenic Design....................................Joshua Warner
Costume Design.............................Raymond Pizarro
Lighting & Projection Design..........Matthew Deinhart
Sound Design......................................Josh Samuels
Stage Management..........................Esther Bermann & Ashley J. Nickas*

AEA Approved Showcase
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

About the Artists

Glynn Borders is a writer, director, producer, award winning solo show performer, special effects director and union stagehand. He has worked Off-Broadway, Broadway and television.
Mario E. Sprouse was the music supervisor for three Gordon Parks films and has been musical director for Black Nativity by Langston Hughes and  Lena Calhoun Horne, written by Wendi Franklin.