In this brilliant and powerful Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by John Patrick Shanley, and directed by James Blackmon, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
That rarity of rarities, an issue-driven play that is unpreachy, thought-provoking, and so full of high drama that the audience with which I saw it gasped out loud a half-dozen times at its startling twists and turns. Mr. Shanley deserves the highest possible praise: he doesn’t try to talk you into doing anything but thinking-hard-about the gnarly complexity of human behavior. —Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
A beautifully balanced drama. Shanley is a writer working at the top of his craft, making the most of a muted but evocative palette in the pursuit of truth's shadows. Here, for the first time in a long time, is a play that is about something. —Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2015
The latest in SoArtsPro talent showcases. Spearheaded by Board Memebers Linda Fleming-Willis and Robyn Starr, this showcase shared the talents of a number of Columbus performers. A big thank-you to all that participanted.
The Escape; Or A Leap For Freedom
February 20, 2016
In keeping with our mission to enlighten, educate, and entertain our community, we are so excited to be collaborating with The Actors' Theatre of Columbus, to bring this wonderful story to the Columbus area!!!!A well-known 19th century abolitionist and former slave, William Wells Brown, was a prolific writer and lecturer who captivated audiences with readings of his drama "The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom" (1858). The first published play by an African American writer, "The Escape" explored the complexities of American culture at a time when tensions between North and South were about to explode into the Civil War.
Swinging sounds of big band music and hilarious backstage antics in The 1940’s Radio Hour. This wonderful show was directed by our Artistic Director James Blackmon.The world may be locked in the titanic struggle of the Second World War, but inside the studio of the WOV radio station, the show must go on! Their weekly broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade lifts the spirits of our boys overseas and the families they left behind. The radio program is seen through the eyes of the theatre audience who become the actual 1940s radio station audience. This fun production included old time greats as “Blue Moon,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Old Black Magic,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Kalamazoo,” and 18 other numbers from that era.
The 1940's Radio Hour
June 3-5, 2016
House of Blue Leaves
September 24-26, 2015
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
February 27 – March 1, 2015
SoArtsPro kicked off our 2015 creative season with the musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner (Angels in America) and Jeanine Tesori (Shrek the Musical). Caroline, or Change was directed by Anthony Dunning, choregraphed by Joyce Patrone, with musical direction by Kimberly English Cole and featured the debut of Talmarita Kenner as Caroline. Caroline, or Change is a dynamic work which has the power to change the way audiences think about musical theatre.
We capped our season with John Guare's House of Blue Leaves. Directed by first time director Sehri Wickliffe, HOBL was performed by a talented group of actors. Because of the timing of HOBL, SoArtsPro was featured in a article on PlayBill.com. (see below).
SoArtsPro's 2nd Talent Showcase featured several board members, friends, and local Columbus Talent. It was a nice tribute to our founder.
November 23, 2014
110 In The Shade
May 23-25, 2014
State of The Arts Productions made its Columbus debut with 110 in the Shade. Directed and Choreographed by Quentin Edwards, the Broadway musical adapted by composer Harvey Schmidt, lyricist Tom Jones and author N. Richard Nash from The Rainmaker, Nash’s play about a small-town romance between a con-man drifter and a spinster.
It focuses on Lizzie Curry (Nicole Fowles), a spinster living on a ranch in the American southwest, and her relationships with local sheriff File (David Lim), a cautious divorcé who fears being hurt again, and charismatic con man Bill Starbuck (William Haynes), posing as a rainmaker who promises the locals he can bring relief to the drought-stricken area.