** EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! **
2023/24 Season – 30th Anniversary
CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones
Extended through December 17, 2023
Just arrived in Brooklyn from the South, the Crump family is seeking their place in the Philadelphia-based Father Divine movement – but their two brilliant daughters on the cusp of adulthood are chafing at their father's religious strictures. Their big dreams for the future are encouraged by their lively, fearless, free-thinking, communist Aunt Lily. This dramatic gem from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage gently reveals the funny and touching struggles of a family trying to make a fresh start in a strange world full of temptations and surprises.
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Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission
Crumbs from the Table of Joy will be performed at St. Stephen's Theater, which is conveniently located at 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
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"The cast shines... Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones, this rendition of Crumbs is powerful, heartwarming, and thoughtful." –Broad Street Review
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Monet Debose as Ermina Crump • Walter DeShields as Godfrey Crump • Morgan Charéce Hall as Ernestine Crump • Hillary Parker as Gerte Schulte • Brett Ashley Robinson as Lily Ann Green
The Creative Team
Bianca LaVerne Jones, Director • Dirk Durossette, Scenic Designer • Leigh Paradise, Costume Designer • Tydell Williams, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer • Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Production Dramaturgy Consultant • Nicole Perry, Intimacy Coach / Choreographer • DeWanda Smith Soeder, Cultural Competency Consultant • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Leah Jackson, Assistant Director
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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