Previewing Mar. 7 and opening Mar. 11 at Seattle's Group Theatre is a celebration of African-American women, Keepers of the Dream, created by Nikki Nojima Louis and Jacqueline Moscou.
Through dramatic excerpts and songs, Dream looks at the legacy of black women in America, from Sojourner Truth to Ida B. Wells. Moscou stars in the multi-media show, alongside Angie Bolton and Patrinell Wright.
Keepers Of The Dream was inspired by Brian Lanker's book, "I Dream A World," a photo anthology of African-American women. Says co-creator Lewis, "I wanted to present a theatrical portrait as impassioned and vivid as the women it celebrates."
Moscou, who also directs, sees the piece as a way to [remember] what came before, to strengthen ourselves for what lies ahead."
Keepers of the Dream runs to Apr. 5 at the Group Theatre, 305 Harrison St. For tickets call (206) 441-1299. Closing the Group season will be Metamorphosis, Stephen Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella. Previews begin Apr. 18 for an opening Apr. 22 and a run through May 17. Jose Carrasquillo directs, with choreography by Craig Williams. Michelle Blackmon, Rose Cano, James Haskins, Naho Shioya and Michael Whistler star.
-- By David Lefkowitz