The Color Purple

January 5 - February 8, 2014

Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by
Brenda Russell, Allee Willis,
and Stephen Bray
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by
Nicholas James Connell
Choreographec by Christian Bufford
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by
Karen Perlow and Erik Fox
Sound Design by David Reiffel
Production Stage Managed by
Tareena D. Wimbish*
Assistant Stage Managed by
Phyllis Y. Smith*

All her life, Celie has known only hardship and cruelty. Her abusive father married her off at the age of 14 to a callous man who separated her from her only true friend in the world, her sister Nettie. But with every reason to despair, Celie clings to hope, and the promise that love will lead her to healing and joy.

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture


Jared Dixon…Harpo
Crystin Gilmore…Shug Avery
Lovely Hoffman…Celie
Valerie Houston…Sofia
Maurice Emmanuel Parent*…Mister
Aubin Wise…Nettie


Jye’l Ancrum, Kymyra J. Anderson-Wolf, Kira Cowan, Matthews D., Anich D’Jae, Akian Doyle, Xikiyah Firmin, Terrell Foster-James, Alia Hodge, David Jiles, Jr., Jaime Mclaurin, Cliff Odle, Deborah Pierre, Aaron Michael Ray, Carolyn Saxon, Kelton Washington, Taylor Washington,

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