Little Rock Pushes Back First Off-Broadway Preview to June 8

Off-Broadway News   Little Rock Pushes Back First Off-Broadway Preview to June 8
Due to technical issues, the Off-Broadway play about the historic Little Rock Nine will begin a week later than previously scheduled.
Shanice Williams
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The New York premiere of Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj’s Little Rock will now begin performances June 8 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture rather than the previously reported May 30. Previews have been delayed due to technical issues; however, opening night is still scheduled for June 14.

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Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj Leslie Hassler

Little Rock brings to life the true story of the historic Little Rock Nine, a group of brave black students from Little Rock, Arkansas, who tested the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision by attending the city’s formerly segregated central high school in 1957.

Written and directed by Maharaj, the Off-Broadway engagement is scheduled to play through September 8.

The cast is made up of Rebekah Brockman (The Bridge of Spies), Justin Cunningham (The Winter’s Tale), Charlie Hudson III (A Raisin in the Sun), Peter O’Connor (The Flick), Ashley Robinson (A Clockwork Orange), Damian Jermaine Thompson (English Vinglish), Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), Anita Welch (Avenue Q), and Shanice Williams, who starred in NBC's 2015 broadcast of The Wiz Live, making her New York stage debut.

Brandon Gill, Crystal Lucas-Perry, and Quentin Mare have departed the production.

The creative team for Little Rock is made up of Darryl G. Ivey (music director), Rasean Davonte Johnson (scenic designer), Leslie Bernstein (costume designer), Anshuman Bhatia (lighting designer), Lindsay Jones (sound designer), Wendall K. Harrington (projection designer), Marshall Jones III (creative consultant), Nikkole Salter (script consultant), Robert Westley (fight direction), and Nikkole Salter (dramaturg). The production stage manager is Giles T. Horne.

Little Rock received a developmental production as part of the 2011 New Works Festival at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. It was produced in 2014 at Passage Theatre in Trenton, New Jersey, where it won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble.

The New York premiere is presented by Rebel Theatrical Management, LLC, in association with The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture. For tickets and more information visit

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