"Jar the Floor"
Date: April 09th, 2015 - April 11th, 2015
Location: The Theatre Lab, Grace Hill Jacobs Building, Lower Level, Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21216
Time: 19:30 - 21:45
Cost:General Admission: $15.00; Seniors and Non-Coppin Students: $10.00; CSU Students with IDs : $5.00 Group Rates & Reservations (strongly recommended): 410-951-3366
Four generations of African American women celebrate the 90th birthday of their feisty but demented matriarch. Relationships explode with ferocious humor, and family bonds face unexpected challenges.
Hailed by critics as “one of the wisest plays I've seen in ages…[from] a master playwright" (USA Today), Jar the Floor by Cheryl L. West will close the 2014-15 theatre season at Coppin State University. Performances will run from April 9-13, in the Theatre Lab of the Grace Jacobs Building, near the 2500 W. North Avenue entrance to the campus.
Set in suburban Chicago, Jar the Floor is a heartwarming dramatic comedy, examining four generations of African American women, gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch, “MaDear.” West’s unflinching exploration of mother-daughter relationships explodes with ferocious humor and disarming humanity. As the celebration unfolds, ghosts, secrets, and a surprise guest test the boundaries of fragile family bonds, strained by old memories and the new challenges of coping with MaDear’s advancing dementia.
Cheryl Pasteur leads the cast as the nonagenarian celebrant. A retired principal of Randallstown High School, Pasteur has earned critical acclaim for her performances at Baltimore’s Arena Playhouse, has taught theatre at University of Pittsburgh and currently serves on the Baltimore County Commission for Arts and Sciences. Pam Sparks, Nickole Scroggins and Whitney Hopkins portray her descendants, and Esther Schwarzbauer portrays the unexpected guest.
Cheryl L. West, 49, a Chicago native, has written successfully for stage, film and television. Her most noteworthy plays include the Broadway musical Play On!, the adaptation Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; Addy: An American Girl’s Story; Pullman Porter Blues; Birdie Blue; Rejoice; Holiday Heart; Puddin ’n Pete; and Before It Hits Home. She has received the National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Award and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Best Playwright Award. West has also created television and film projects at Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO and CBS.
Coppin’s presentation is produced and directed by Garey A. Hyatt, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts Program, housed in the Department of Humanities. The production team includes co-producer Willie O. Jordan, lighting designer Allan Sean Weeks, costume designer and make-up artist Bresean Jenkins, dramaturge Eugenia Collier, technical director James A. Brown, acting coach Deletta Gillespie and marketing specialist Daniel Wynne. Keisha Stockett serves as stage manager.
Curtain times for Jar the Floor are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 9th-11th and Monday, April 13th and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12th. General admission tickets are $15.00; tickets for seniors and non-Coppin students are $10.00, and Coppin students with IDs are admitted for just $5.00. Group rates are also available.
For more information and to reserve tickets, please call Visual and Performing Arts at Coppin at (410) 951-3366. Tickets can also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Happening Today, April 02nd, 2015
Coppin State hosts Admitted Student Days
Date: March 30th, 2015 - April 10th, 2015
Location: Coppin State University
Student for a Day
Use your Spring Break wisely! Come find out what it would feel like to be a college student for a day. Sit in on academic courses, have lunch with current students and take a campus tour. Registration is free.
March 30- April 10, 2015
Visit Admitted Student Days to register.
Hope to see you at THE GREAT COPPIN STATE!
Priority Registration - Summer and Fall 2015 for Graduate Students, Seniors and Juniors. Registration Closes at 11:59 pm on April 5th.
Date: April 01st, 2015 - April 05th, 2015
Summer and Fall 2015 Priority Registration for Graduate Students, Seniors and Juniors. Registration Closes at 11:59 pm on April 5th.