Songs of the Harlem River

Forgotten One Acts of the Harlem Renaissance

Presented by BlackCAST
Short plays written by Ralf M. Coleman, Willis Richardson, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Marita Bonner, and Eulalie Spence
Directed by Darius Johnson ‘18
Produced by Brandi Moore ’19, Humphrey Obuobi ’18, and Kelcee Everette ‘18


Loeb Experimental Theater

Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 2nd at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 6th at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 7th at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th at 7 p.m.

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes with no intermission.


Songs of the Harlem River is an adapted performance that combines 5 short one-scene plays from the Harlem Renaissance which cover a diversity of social topics from the era that we believe are important currently. For example, Deacon’s Awakening tells the story of two young Black women who face paternal admonishment for joining a Women’s Suffrage group during the dawn of the 19th amendment. The Girl from Back Home explores the dynamic intersections of disappointment, marriage, and polygamy through the relationship between a Black woman who wants to value marriage and a Black man who struggles to accept that same desire in himself. Other themes include institutionalized Black death, misogynoir, and mental/physical health in the Black Community. Our hope is that these shorts plays, in combination, will provide a holistic lens through which students and community can further appreciate the role of Black Culture in forming the Harlem Renaissance, and also see how this art helps us to interrogate our own contemporary views, biases, and cultures.

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The Girl From Back Home:
“Jazz” Barrett … Bryant Huggins
Della Harvey … Kelcee Everette
Dr. Lee Minor … Lethu Ntshinga

Deacon’s Awakening:
Martha … Lethu Ntshinga
Deacon Jones … Bryant Huggins
Ruth … Madison Trice
Eva … Kelcee Everette
Sol … Caleb Lewis

Blue Eyed, Black Boy:
Pauline … Lethu Ntshinga
Rebecca … Madison Trice
Dr. Grey … Nicholas Whittaker
Hester … Kelcee Everette

Exit, An Illusion:
Dot … Nicholas Whittaker
Buddy … Caleb Lewis
Exit Man … Bryant Huggins

The Starter:
TJ Kelly … Bryant Huggins
Georgia … Madison Trice
First Woman … Kelcee Everette
Second Woman … Lethu Ntshinga


Director … Darius Johnson
Assistant Director … Kristina Neal
Co-Producer … Kelcee Everette
Co-Producer … Brandi Moore
Co-Producer … Humphrey Obuobi
Stage Manager … Hakeem Angulu
Assistant Stage Manager … Inaara Shiraz
Tech Director … Sabrina Yates
Assistant Tech Director … Genesis De Los Santos
Costume Designer … Aislinn Brophy
Set Designer … Madison Johnson
Sound Designer … Eunice Mwabe
Co-light Designer … Abby Duker
Co-light Designer … Cole Edick
Lighting Advisor … Eliza Mantz
Props Manager … Peryn Reeves-Darby
Hair and Makeup … Desmond Green