By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Natalie Sowell
Dates: September 15 – 17 at 7:30 p.m.
September 18 & 25 at 2:00 p.m.
September 22 – 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Call the UNCG Theatre Box Office at 336-334-4392 or click on the Etix “website” link below to purchase tickets online.
Age Rating: PG-13
Run Time: Approx. 1 hr. and 30 min.
Frame/Works Discussion via Zoom on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pam and David Sprinkle Theatre (Brown Building), 402 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27412
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay, and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs. – Concord Theatricals
“Nathan Alan Davis’s script is sunny and lovable, despite its inexorable pull from present-day Baltimore toward the slave trade’s notorious Middle Passage.” – The Washington Post
“This fable about a young Black man’s search for an ancestor who leapt off a slave ship as it crossed the Atlantic weaves storytelling, music, dance, and ritual into a fantastical tapestry […] the result is thrilling.” – Los Angeles Post
“[T]his play’s greatness doesn’t really come from the plot, though the plot’s water-tightness and inevitability show playwright Nathan Alan Davis’ incredible skill. The characters and poetically transfixing language are the real stars.” – DC Theatre Scene
“Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com