The award-winning play by playwright/author Moses T. Alexander Greene Pooled: A Gospel Musical Drama will have its regional premiere June 10-12, 2022 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.
“I am delighted that after years of workshops Regroup, a sold-out world premiere and tour throughout North Carolina, I had the opportunity to perform it here at “home,” said the former DC and Maryland resident. “Because this piece contains music and stories I wrote 20 years ago and depicts some of my personal struggles while a resident, to see it come to life here really is a full loop moment. Greene lived in the Washington metropolitan area from 1999 to 2010.
Regroup made its national debut in 2019 at the National Black Theater Festival (NBTF), where it was named “one of the top 25 black theater productions in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa.” According to Jackie Alexander, artistic director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, producers of the NBTF, “It jumped out at us when we saw it. Regroup breaks the mold of what people think of in terms of traditional gospel musicals.
In 2019, Regroup became the first production in the festival’s history to sell out its performances in its inaugural selection. Additionally, in 2021, Greene received the Broadway world “Original Script of the Decade” Award for Raleigh Market. He hopes the piece will be selected again for NBTF 2022 in August.
ABOUT THE GAME
Regroup is about Delsin Jacobs’ arrival at the Pool of Bethesda 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 completely cured of all physical, emotional, mental, relational, spiritual, sexual infirmities.
Although Delsin is driven by a resolution to receive a healing that allows him to see what his heart looked like before he was sexually abused as a child, his interactions with others gathered at the pool cause him to question the purity of his quest. When his moment comes, he is led to ask himself if he wants to be the only we heal or not.
Regroup features new cast member and Prince George’s County resident Tamika Law and a special appearance by Washington native Reverend Angelia Garner Rowe, Esq. Valencia Yearwood, Broadway producer (For colored girls, thoughts of a colored man) and Broadway stage veteran (Once upon a time there was a mattress, The Lion King) serves as a production consultant.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRITER
Moses T. Alexander Greene, a native of Long Island, New York, moved to the DMV in 1999, shortly after leaving his position as assistant writer at ABC. All my children. During his nearly 12-year residency, he served as strategic communications officer for the Prince George’s County public schools, public information officer in the mayor’s executive office and for several government agencies in the District of Columbia, and teacher of Auxiliary English in Prince George’s County. Public schools. A licensed pastor, he was also a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, serving primarily in music and arts ministry.
“I hope that those with whom my life has intersected while I lived here and all those who know that the theater can be a balm of healing, joy, memory, laughter, forgiveness and love will come see the show and feel the power of their own pool experience,” Greene continued.
Pooled: A Gospel Musical Drama plays June 10-12, 2022 (Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.), presented by Li V Mahob Productions at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD. Tickets range from $37 (mezzanine) to $42 (orchestra) and can be purchased bowiecenter.org. Group sales (10 or more) are available by calling the BCPA Box Office at (301) 805-6880.
About Li VMahob Productions
Founded in 2007, Li V Mahob Productions has grown into a landmark black cultural arts and theater production company dedicated to creating and producing content that ensures theater is a place of belonging for people in the African Diaspora as well as a reflection of practices cultures, lived experiences and identities of BIPOC. Its mission is to expand the legacy and impact of African American and African Diaspora cultures by creating content and producing works that foster belonging, expand consciousness
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