Gritty City Repertory Mission:
Gritty City Rep provides Oakland youth with access to performing arts opportunities that nurture, stimulate & transform. We create unique spaces where young adults feel inspired to risk and explore, developing leadership, confidence, and empathy for their human family through the production of powerful theatre.
Don't miss Gritty City Repertory's FIRST EVENT OF THE SEASON!
We are thrilled to present the first Staged Reading of Gloria Majule's powerful play CULTURE SHOCK.
August 8, 6-9PM on Zoom
BLACK LIVES MATTER. YOUTH MATTER. ART MATTERS. #keepartinOakland
NEXT UP IN THE GCRep Staged Reading Series:
by Gloria Majule
When Zahra and Hawi leave Tanzania and Kenya to attend an Ivy League, they are placed in Salama House, an all-Black dorm and affinity space for Black students. Faced with deep cultural, academic and economic trials, these young women rely on their friendship, intellect and fortitude to survive a freshman year that illuminates the overwhelming reality of being Black in America.
Directed by Cheri Lynn Miller and featuring Rotimi Agbabiaka, Que’Aire Anderson, Asia Jackson, Halili Knox, Owala Maima, Yomi Origunwa, Keli’i Salvador, Zaria Stanton, and Stephanie Wilborn
Watch an interview with playwright Gloria Majule to learn more about her history, her work, and what inspires her plays.
GCRep Audiences Gave BLACK SALT Rave Reviews!
“The show was beautiful, people were in tears. . . Robert Paige and Lindsay Krumbein have again written a very clear and conscious show, with a powerful sense of justice and understanding that crosses community borders."
“A beautiful examination of police brutality against black and Latino communities in Oakland and nationally. This is a show everyone should see!”
“This startling play moves quickly through various scenarios of police violence, despair, and redemption. The intensity is modulated with humor and genuine, loving support for those in the depths of identity crisis. The performances, staging, script, and the understated, powerful ending work perfectly.”
“This show was incredibly moving and so relevant to what is happening in our community and in the country right now. The performances blew me away and I was so impressed with the level of emotions of each of the actors. It was raw and beautiful. I loved it!”
“Amazing. There is a clear political commitment but at no point are you being lectured at. Instead, the difficult subject of police brutality is addressed through letting us see a black officer wrestle with her conscience, and the survivor's guilt of the brother of the victim. Sometimes political theater can hammer us over the head with the message, but here the message is subtle, told with humor, and makes us think about how these issues reverberate through peoples’ families.”