Davis, Powell, Burse and More Cast in Premiere of Angela's Mixtape

By Andrew Gans
13 Mar 2009

Casting has been announced for the New Georges and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival co-production of Eisa Davis' Angela's Mixtape, which begins previews April 6 at Off-Broadway's Ohio Theatre.



Directed by Liesl Tommy, the production penned by the recent star of Passing Strange will officially open April 9 at 7 PM. Performances will continue through May 2.

The five-member cast will comprise playwright Davis, who will play herself, with Linda Powell (Angela), Kim Brockington (Mommy), Denise Burse (Grandma and other characters) and Ayesha Ngaujah (Cess and other characters).

"Eisa tells the story of a radical upbringing on the dividing line between Oakland and Berkeley, California—in a family that includes her aunt, professor and activist Angela Davis," according to Angela's Mixtape press notes. "Time shifts between the 70s, 80s, and 90s as smoothly as a DJ fading from song to song. Each track, each memory, has a built-in switch to the next, for theatrical momentum that keeps on building. Crossing cultural borders as it scratches through time, the play moves from Angela's hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, to the House of Detention where she was once held prisoner, to the playgrounds of Eisa's Bay Area public schools, the dorm rooms of the Ivy League and the shores of Senegal. The music crosses styles and decades, but it's hip-hop and a b-girl stance that keeps the piece bouncing in the present. It's just your average black macrobiotic revolutionary dancing family."

The design team includes set designer Clint Ramos, costume designer Jessica Jahn, lighting designer Sarah Sidman and sound designer Jane Shaw. The production stage manager will be Ryan Raduechel.

Davis has also penned Bulrusher (2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Warriors Don't Cry, Hip Hop Anansi, Paper Armor, Six Minutes and <>Umkovu. As an actress, she won an OBIE Award for her performance in Passing Strange.

Show times are Mondays-Saturdays at 8 PM.

For tickets call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. The Ohio Theatre is located in Manhattan at 66 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome Streets).