The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts and Li V Mahob Productions present the regional premiere of award-winning playwright Moses T. Alexander Greene’s Pooled: A Gospel Musical Drama. Tony-nominated producer/Broadway veteran Valence wood of the year (For Colored Girls, Thoughts of a Colored Man, The Lion King, Once Upon a Mattress) directs. This limited engagement will take place on December 2 and 3 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $37 (mezzanine) to $42 (orchestra) and can be purchased at www.bowiecenter.org. Group sales (10 or more) are available by calling the BCPA Box Office at (301) 805-6880.
Pooled: A Gospel Musical Drama follows Delsin Jacobs’ arrival at Bethesda’s Pool and her single-minded determination to be the next person to receive its healing properties. According to legend, the first person to enter the pool after its waters have been touched by an angel (troubled) is cured of all physical, emotional, mental, relational, sexual infirmity. Driven to receive a healing that allows him to see what his heart looked like before he was sexually abused as a child, it’s Delsin’s interactions with others at the pool that challenge his belief that he’s the only one worthy. to be healed.
Under the musical direction of Raleigh-based musician Carolyn Colquitt and with a score of soul-purifying, life-giving gospel music, Moses T. Alexander Greene leads a stellar ensemble including Lynnette Barber, Allen F. Brown, Celeste Hinnant, Loretta D. Vinson, and vocal powerhouses Tamika Law and Jaali K. Boyd – both former residents of Prince George’s County.
Pooled premiered in 2018 at the Kennedy Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2019, the National Black Theater Festival (NBTF) selected Pooled for stage production and named the play “one of the top 25 black theater productions in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa”. According Jackie Alexanderartistic director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and the NBTF, “It jumped out at us when we saw it. Pooled breaks the mold of what people think of in terms of traditional gospel musicals.”
In 2021, playwright Moses T. Alexander Greene received the BroadwayWorld Award for Original Screenplay of the Decade in the Raleigh/Durham Market for Pooled. The work was also recently selected for an encore production on the main stage of the 2022 National Black Theater Festival (NBTF), where the cast performed to four sold-out audiences.
“I hope audiences come to see the show, experience the gifts of joy, healing, laughter, forgiveness and self-love, and feel the power of their own pool experience.” –Moses T. Alexander Greene