MCLA Presents “Passing Strange”

The MCLA Performing Arts Theatre Program proudly presents:

Passing Strange

Book and lyrics by Stew
Music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen

October 13-14, 20-21 @ 8pm
October 14,22 @ 2pm

in Venable Theater, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA

From Stew of Stew and The Negro Problem, with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, this is the autobiographical story of a young black man from Los Angeles who feels like a foreigner in his own country. He leaves behind his middle class, church-ruled upbringing and travels to Europe in search of his artistic and personal identity, or what he calls, ‘the real.’ Misadventures with sex, drugs, politics, and art find him in Amsterdam and Berlin where he feels acceptance for the first time. But in the end, he discovers that cultural complexity—and hypocrisy—are not limited to middle-class African American life, and that the only way to be truly real is to embrace his American heritage. A comedy-drama, rock musical that the NY Times calls, “Fresh, exuberant, bracingly inventive, bitingly funny, and full of heart.”

The musical will be directed by Jeremy Winchester (Assistant Professor, Theatre). Music direction will be provided by Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre). Artist-in-Residence, Rodney Creech (Savannah Stage Company, Flint Youth Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival), joins the cast as Narrator. MCLA alumnus Bryanna Bradley 17’ will choreograph and play the role of Mother.

PANEL DISCUSSION with artists, students, faculty, and experts on race relations in America.
October 21, after the 8pm performance
Venable Theater

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