Written and Directed by 

Layon Gray


October 18th-20th, 2020

The   powerful   story  of   Bass Reeves,   a  freed   slave   who   protected   the  Wild  West   as   the  first   African - American   United   States   Deputy Marshal. Bass  is  said  to have arrested more than 3,000  outlaws without sustaining  a  single gun wound. Many  people   said  he   inspired the  Lone Ranger character.  


Set in a saloon in the Indian territory 1888,  a tornado is slowly approaching as Bass  and his Indian  partner  find themselves stuck  inside  with  a group  of outlaws,  one  for which  he  has  a death warrant.  

The  play  recently sold  out  all performances  in  only  two days at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival this past August. 




Written and Performed by

Herb Newsome


January 10th-12th, 2020

A multimedia show that tells the story of the early days of Hip Hop through a live performance of the four elements: DJing, Emceeing, B-Boying and Graffiti Art. Explore the history behind the music set in the Bronx, NY, during a time where urban decay and gang culture inspired a people to create their own form of expression.


Playing 10 Characters using music, dance, video, graffiti, and rhyming, the audience will be taken on a journey to the past to discover how each of the element came into existence. 

We are pleased to announce our 2019-2020 season.



Written by Don Evans

Directed by Eileen J. Morris

May 29th-June 14th, 2020

Set in 1970s Philadelphia, the play deals with the clash of values between middle-class and working-class African Americans. Reverend Avery Harrison clings tenaciously to his position in the local black elite. His upwardly mobile philosophy is avidly shared by his wife, Myra and by his son, Felix, a strictly brought up private school product who has suddenly discovered the joys of sex, thanks to a surreptitiously studied manual. When the Reverend's countrified niece Beverly arrives from the rural South hilarious complications ensue in this fun loving comedy.



Written by Jiren Breon Holder

Directed by Herb Newsome

February 7th -23rd, 2020

In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

Save the date...

Special Annual Event

May 2, 2020

Performer to be named later.


Local Businesses at the

Annual Special Event


Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a Partnership of

The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments