The Robey Theater Company will host a heated discussion


A heated discussion by Levy Lee Simon, based on an idea by Ben Guillory, will take place at the Los Angeles Theater Center from April 7 to May 14. The production is produced and directed by Ben Guillory and presented by The Robey Theater Company. The show must take place in Theater Four514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Half-price previews are Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. The show begins Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The race ends on Saturday, May 14.

Tickets are $35, except for Saturday, April 9, when all seats will be $50 (reception included). Tickets for the previews (April 7 and 8) are $17.50. Reservations can be made by calling (213) 489-7402, and tickets can be purchased online at http://therobeytheatrecompany.org or by mail [email protected].

A passionate discussion brings together the creative duo of award-winning playwright Levy Lee Simon (The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel; For the Love of Freedom: The Haitian Trilogy) and acclaimed director Ben Guillory (who is also co-founder and production artistic director of The Robey theater company).

A trio of Orishas (spirit world entities), appalled and enraged by the state of the world today and the plight of African Americans in particular, summon the spirits of famous deceased black icons (among them Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Ida B. Wells, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Maya Angelou, Richard Prior, Tupac ShakurNina Simone, etc).

What follows is a lively discussion. The views, comments and solutions are as diverse as the individuals that make up this combustible mix of personalities.

What do our iconic black men and women (and spiritual entities) conclude? You’ll have to watch a heated discussion to find out. The cast includes Toni-Ann Hampton, David Bollar, Ayonna Michelle, Tiffany Coty, LaShada Jackson, Kimberly Bailey, Rosie Lee Hooks, Quonta Beasley, rogelio douglas III, Alex WST Chumley, Kyle Sparks, Julio Hanson, Garret Davis, Vanja Renee and Ben Guillory.

Producer: Ben Guillory. Associate producer: JC Cadena. Video Production/Associate Producer: Jermaine Alexander. Production Manager: Crystal Nix. Assistant director: Christina Childress. Musical Director/Composer: Cydney Wayne Davis. Graphic design: Jason Mimms. Costume design: Naila Aladdin Sanders. Scenography: Evan A. Bartoletti.

The Robey Theater Company is a non-profit theater development organization. Feel free to make a donation to support our programming on http://therobeytheatrecompany.org/donate

The Covid-19 security protocols in force on performance days will be respected. As of this writing, that means members of the public must be masked and present proof of vaccination (vax card or digital record).

This new production of a play by a prominent black playwright marks The Robey Theater Company’s return to live and in-person staging after a pandemic hiatus. The opening date coincides with the birthday of the actor/singer/activist Paul Robson (1898-1976), which gave its name to The Robey.

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