Hurt Village
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Overview

"FIVE STARS! This is theater that throbs with life, and quickens the pulse and mind!"
Adam Feldman, Time Out New York


It’s the end of a long summer in Hurt Village, a housing project in Memphis, Tennessee. A government Hope Grant means relocation for many of the project’s residents, including Cookie, a thirteen year-old aspiring rapper, along with her mother Crank and great-grandmother Big Mama. As the family prepares to move, Cookie’s father Buggy unexpectedly returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Ravaged by the war, Buggy struggles to find a position in his disintegrating community, along with a place in his daughter’s wounded heart.

A bold, gritty and devastating work, Hurt Village earned Katori Hall the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, given annually to an outstanding female playwright.

Hurt Village has received a 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award from TCG. For more information, click here.

RESIDENCY

Residency Five

IMAGE: Katori Hall. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Who’s Who

THE HURT VILLAGE CAST

Photo by Gregory Costanzo

Preview

TRAILER

 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

IMAGE: The cast of Hurt Village. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Backstage

Jookin'

Hurt Village: Jookin' in Rehearsal from Signature Theatre Company on Vimeo.

 

BRAND NEW PHOTOS FROM FIRST REHEARSAL!

IMAGE: Playwright Katori Hall. Photo by Erik Carter Photography.

Who’s Who

by Katori Hall
directed by Patricia McGregor

Photo by Gregory Costanzo

CAST

Crank: Marsha Stephanie Blake
Cornbread: Nicholas Christopher
Buggy: Corey Hawkins
Ebony: Charlie Hudson III
Tony C.: Ron Cephas Jones
Cookie: Joaquina Kalukango
Big Mama: Tonya Pinkins
Toyia: Saycon Sengbloh
Skillet: Lloyd Watts

CREATIVE TEAM

Set and Projection Design: David Gallo
Costume Design: Clint Ramos
Lighting Design: Sarah Sidman
Sound Design: Rob Kaplowitz
Hair and Make-Up Design: Cookie Jordan
Dialect Coach: Kate Wilson
Fight Direction: Rick Sordelet
Additional Music: Luqman Brown
Casting: Telsey + Company
Production Stage Manager: Jane Pole
Assistant Stage Manager: Megan J. Alvord 

Cast

Marsha Stephanie Blake

Crank
Cast

Nicholas Cristopher

Cornbread
Cast

Corey Hawkins

Buggy
Cast

Charlie Hudson III

Ebony
Cast

Ron Cephas Jones

Tony C.
Cast

Joaquina Kalukango

Cookie
Cast

Tonya Pinkins

Big Mama
Cast

Saycon Sengbloh

Toyia
Cast

Llyod Watts

Skillet
Cast

Preview

FROM THE CRITICS...

 

"Five Stars! Exceptional! This is theatre that throbs with life, and quickens the pulse and mind!"

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

"A rousing, latter-day response to A Raisin in the Sun! Vividly acted! [The actors] inhabit David Gallo’s evocative urban-jungle jumble of a set (and Clint Ramos’s sociologically exact costumes) with fervent and affecting conviction. And they make sure we feel the emotional double edge with which their characters regard one another."

Ben Brantley, New York Times

"An original theatre voice!"

Linda Winer, Newsday

"A terrifically exciting work by a playwright with something to say!"

Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"Thoroughly sensational! Obligatory viewing! Under direction by Patricia McGregor as fierce as Katori Hall's writing, the cast makes a strong bid for a best-ensemble prize!"

David Finkle, Theatermania.com

"Makes you stand up and pay attention!"

Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

 

TRAILER

 

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

Photos by Joan Marcus

Backstage

JOOKIN'

Hurt Village: Jookin' in Rehearsal from Signature Theatre Company on Vimeo.

 

FIRST REHEARSAL PHOTOS


Photos by Erik Carter Photography.

Performance Info

First Performance:

February 7

Last Performance:

March 25, 2012


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