Conceived and written by Duma Ndlovu, Sheila's Day was co-created with Mbongeni Ngema and features additional material by Ebony Jo-Ann. The work premiered at New Jersey's Crossroads Theatre Company.
Ricardo Kahn directs the production that began previews July 22 and will continue through Aug. 15 in the Roberts Theatre.
In addition to Duquesnay (Bring in Da Noise…) as Ruby Lee, the cast features Thuli Dumakude (Qedusizi), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Annellen), Carla Brothers (Carla), Ashley Bryant (Stephanie), Erin Cherry (Valerie), Chantal Jean-Pierre (Torres), Taifa Harris (Breedlove), Tu Nokwe (Tu) and Julia Lema (Irene).
According to Hartford Stage: "Sheila's Day, set in Perry County, Alabama, and Soweto Township, Johannesburg, interweaves the personal stories of two groups of women which lay bare racial injustice through the eyes of domestic workers, known as 'Sheilas.' Performed by an award-winning international cast, Sheila's Day offers a joyful, riveting history and a triumph of the human spirit."
The production has costume design by Sasha Ehlers and lighting design by Victor En Yu Tan. For tickets visit www.hartfordstage.org.
Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT.