Angry Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous
by Pearl Cleage
Terry Burrell, Marva Hicks, JeNie Fleming, and Erika Ratcliff.
Directed by Susan V. Booth
Award-winning playwright and celebrated author Pearl Cleage returns to the Alliance Theatre stage with a new production titled Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous. It’s playing now through April 14 and is directed by Susan V. Booth. In the mid-1970’s, actress Anna Campbell and director Betty Samson ignited a major theatrical controversy with a performance of scenes from August Wilson’s Fences that came to be known forever after as ‘Naked Wilson.’ To escape the critics, Anna and Betty accepted what they thought would be a temporary job in Amsterdam. Twenty-five years later, the women receive an invitation to return to the states where the infamous piece will open a women’s theatre festival that promises to be ‘angry, raucous, and shamelessly gorgeous.’ Uncertain of what kind of reception she will get after so many years in self-imposed exile, and unmoved by Betty’s reassurances, Anna’s insecurity only grows when she meets Pete Watson, the ambitious young performer who has been chosen to recreate the role but whose theatrical experience is so far limited to the adult entertainment industry. In this funny and hopeful new play by Pearl Cleage about building bridges across generations, Anna and Pete must find a way to reconcile their beliefs and make peace with lingering ghosts from the past.
ANGRY, RAUCOUS, AND SHAMELESSLY GORGEOUS By Pearl Cleage Directed by Susan V. Booth
ARCHIVIST and HISTORIAN
Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, The University of Akron and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (NYSF).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.