Author: Tulis McCall

Encores! Songs For A New World

A great deal of talent, dedication and passion goes into each Encores! show.  That is the overwhelming feeling that greets you at the door.  Everyone, and I mean e-v -e-r-y-o-n-e is thrilled to be at City Center.  It is the perfect intimate venue for the job at hand.  Everyone is there to celebrate, and this exuberance cannot help but infect you.

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Cyprus Avenue

As the play concludes Rea and Ireland return us to our seats.  But we are not the same as when we left.  We have been shattered and reassembled.  We have changed on a cellular level.  This is the magic that is theatre.  This is the transformation that theatre promises front and center.

When it is over, you don’t want to leave the room.

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Sugar in Our Wounds

Donja Love was set on the path of truth the day he came out to his mother.  She said, “As a parent, all you want is for your child to live an easy life, but you won’t. Your life will be hard, because there are millions of people in this world who don’t even know you and want you dead.” As he puts it, this honesty opened him to a chance to discover Queer Black narratives.  Like Tarell Alvin McCraney, Mr. Love chooses to take us into worlds that have been smothered by the story tellers with power.  His is a direct approach – sort of.

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