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.
GCRep has MOVED! Come check out the all new GRITTY CITY STUDIOS in the Flax Building at 1501 MLK, Jr. Way.
Milah is a cop – a Black female cop – on patrol in Oakland, CA. When she witnesses her white male partner shoot and kill Espiridion, an unarmed 15-year-old Latinx boy, the pressure is on – from the DA, from Milah’s fellow cops, from her wife, from her community, and from herself.
The Flax Building - 1501 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
January 16-18, 23-25 at 8 pm
January 19 at 2 pm
GCR NEWS & UPDATES
ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST EXTENDED!
All work will be performed in May 2020 by the Gritty City Ensemble - submission due by the end of November! Check out all the details.
HUGE THANKS TO OUR AUDIENCES FOR SELLING OUT CAUGHT UP!
We were so thrilled to present this original piece on mass incarceration to full houses every night for two weeks! Check out the audience reviews of this powerful production!
GCREP IN THE MERCURY NEWS
Thank you Sam Hurwitt for the terrific article about GCRep's production of Caught Up!
GCREP HONORED WITH A MULTI-YEAR GRANT FROM HEWLETT!
Huge thanks to the Hewlett Foundation for awarding GCRep with our first multi-year grant!
GCRep Audiences Gave
The Taming of the Shrew
“Sexy. Hilarious. Witty. Fresh. 2 hours of gorgeousness. An inspiring breath of fresh air from the typical dreary Shakespeare, starring identities that are far too underrepresented in mainstream media, or even the Bay Area play scene. The set is dynamic and original. The costumes are eye-candy. Not only was I impressed by the level of talent and commitment in the young actors, I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. This was by far my favorite interpretation of Taming of the Shrew. Gritty City nailed it again.”
--Cara McKelvey Phillips
“The play was astounding. I was amazed that Gritty City Rep fearlessly took on one of the most difficult Shakespeare plays to put in front of a modern audience. The performers re-contextualized Taming of the Shrew and completely flipped the way I thought about this play on its head. But best of all, it was hilarious all the way through.”
“Gritty City and Shakespeare at its finest! Showcasing GCR's comedic chops, a great set, and their always-impressive costumes, The Taming of the Shrew delivers on a fun, frolicking night of theater!”
“You and your company have created a modern miracle: Taming of the Shrew that lives in present time. Thank you for having the courage to do what I did not think possible! Your opening night performance was excellent in every respect and engaging throughout. I usually have a lot to say on the way home about what might have been done to improve whatever show it was we've just seen. Last night I had nothing to say. WOW guys. We can hardly wait to see what follows.”
“I found myself laughing through the entire show until it was over before I knew it! Now that’s great theater, when you lose yourself within the art!”
--Frankie Peterson, III
“The young cast of Taming of the Shrew have so many laugh out loud moments, not only relishing in their roles in this gender fluid production, but commanding in them too. As usual the stage design and direction are clever and the Afro-beats and Tango compilations between and during scenes will have you dancing in your seat! Fun and what a supremely satisfying way to support Oakland theater and youth!!”