COUGARS are back with a vengeance! Hansberry’s remounted production comes on the heels of an explosive season celebrating theatre “Hansberry-Sands style.” Celeste Bedford Walker’s “Sassy Mamas” takes a look at the propulsive relationships of “mature” women and younger men. This colorful journey is told thru the eyes of three women of substance, who weave an entertaining web of antics that will have you screaming with laughter.
These contemptuous women who “know what they want and how to get it,” own the Cougar prodigy with their young, desirable, “boy toys” in tow.
Take caution with this new romantic comedy and sit back, relax, but keep your seat belts fastened, as this promises to be an unforgettable ride!
Walker is an award-winning playwright who has received numerous accolades which include: winner of the August Wilson Playwright’s Award at the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival and the NAACP Image Award for positive portrayal of African Americans in the media.
Her plays embrace the sacred and the mundane, the serious and the comedic, but what they all have in common is a delight in the wisdom of the human condition.
Walker’s work has been produced in cities throughout the United States including, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
Accomplished veteran and Artistic Director of the Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company (HSTC), AbNey, has directed many of the company’s favorite works over his 3o plus year career and he will direct this season’s rendition and sure to be crowd pleaser.
The 2010 run of “Sassy Mamas,” directed by Mr. AbNey as well, closed to record-setting audience attendance and sold out audiences.
His directing repertoire runs the gamut from the contemporary to the classics and includes “Dreamgirls,” “Piano Lesson,” “a Raisin in the Sun,” “Get Ready,” “What Would Jesus Do” and “The Gospel Legacy?”
“Sassy Mamas” includes past casting favorites blended with a new and exciting line-up that includes: debrah neal, Jodine Basterash, Tina “Ms. Jazzi” Nixon, Inger “Ms. Spitfire” Henderson, Alexis Hughes-Williams, Steven Broadway, Troney Small and Deleono Johnson.
For over three decades, HSTC has embodied creativity, rich heritage, culture, experiences and lifestyles of African Americans while celebrating the universality of the human existence.
Through their creative endeavors, they develop interest and support for this artistry while fostering an appreciation for the rich and diverse forms of theatre within the community. HSTC is proud to be a producing resident at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for over 15 years.
Sassy Mamas will run at the Marcus Center, for two weekends in Vogel Hall, 123 E. State Street, May 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20. Friday and Saturday performance showtime is 8:00 PM and Sunday showtime is 4:00 PM. Tickets range from $15 to $23 in advance and Outlets include the Marcus Center Box Office, Reader’s Choice Bookstore, Gene’s Lanes & Ticketmaster. New to the company offerings is “The Cougar’s Den” the Sassy Mama signature “VIP” seating area that includes exclusive treatment and exciting Cougar favors. VIP seating is $30. Senior (Marcus Center Only) and Group Rates (Marcus Center Only) are available. For specific details visit marcuscenter.org. or call the HSTC Hotline @ 414.616.PLAY (7529).