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Winter 2022 Digital Season
ME AND THE DEVIL
By Steve H. Broadnax III and Charles Dumas
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
STREAMING ON DEMAND
September 9, 2021 - February 27, 2022
"First-class in every way... Me and the Devil is one of the finest examples of what is increasingly called 'hybrid theater' ever to come my way via streaming. I cannot possibly recommend it too strongly." –Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Have you ever wanted something so much that you'd make a deal with the Devil? Legend has it that Robert Leroy Johnson struck a deal with the Devil to be the best blues musician who ever lived. In this dramatic play with music, Johnson aims to break that deal as his spirit calls his family, friends, and lovers to bear witness to his superlative talent and fearlessness.
This world premiere play with music was filmed at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia in June 2021, with strict adherence to all CDC, state, and local health and safety guidelines.
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Artist Interview: The Creative Team of Me and the Devil
"A perfect fit:" The star, writer/director, and sound and scenic designers on collaborating to bring Robert Johnson's story to life
The 27 Club
Robert Johnson was the first member of this tragic group of celebrated musicians who died at age 27
Deals with the Devil and the Divine
Me and the Devil tells a story that is common throughout history: mortals' desire for immortal abilities
The Chicago Blues
What happened when the Delta Blues – and Robert Johnson's influence – traveled north to Chicago
Robert Johnson: The Man and the Myth
The mysterious and legendary bluesman at the center of Me and the Devil
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Lawrence Stallings as Robert Johnson • Ebony Pullum as The Woman • Steve H. Broadnax III as The Devil • James Herb Smith as Guitarist Stand-in
THE CREATIVE TEAM
James F. Pyne, Jr., Scenic Designer • Marla Jurglanis, Costume Designer • Shon Causer, Lighting Designer • Curtis Craig, Sound Designer & Music Arranger • Isabella Gill-Gomez, Associate Lighting Designer • Rebecca Smith, Associate Producer
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.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.