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JTP’s Entire Ensemble for A Soldier’s Play Gives a Well-Knit, Balanced Performance

The Justice Theater Project’s current production of Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Soldier’s Play, re-titled A Soldier’s Story as a movie, ends with the words “You’ll have to get used to black people being in charge,” which became fulfilled in 2008. It also kept the play from being produced on Broadway, according to… Read More ›

Justice Theater Project’s Version of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is a Must-See Show with a Wonderful and Talented Cast

The Justice Theater Project, headed up by Deb Royals, has been producing socially important entertainment for 12 years now. They never fail at both massive jobs — entertaining and driving home the various gaping inequities in American society. This season JTP’s theme, according to Kristi Vincent Johnson, chairperson of the theater’s board of directors, is… Read More ›

JTP’s Rendition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is Beautiful and Captivating!

The Justice Theater Project’s rendition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which concludes its two-week run on June 23-25 at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh, tells a hauntingly beautiful story, set in “Catfish Row,” a tenement in Charleston, SC. Porgy is a disabled beggar. Bess is a beautiful, sultry woman with… Read More ›

The Justice Theater Project’s Regional Premiere of Zuccotti Park Is Nice … in Theory

The Justice Theater Project is taking a risk with its current production of Zuccotti Park: The Musical. Their theme for the 2016-17 season is “Economic Justice”, with their mission statement being to provide professional theater with outreach, advocacy and education. Zuccotti Park appears to promote their mission; but unfortunately, through no fault of their own,… Read More ›

The Justice Theater Project’s Production of Black Nativity Will Take You to Church

Written by Harlem Renaissance author Langston Hughes, Black Nativity premiered Off Broadway in December of 1961. It has since become a holiday staple of schools, churches, and community theaters in countries around the world. The Justice Theatre Project has just mounted its sixth annual production of Black Nativity on Dec. 17-19 in Stewart Theatre in… Read More ›

The Justice Theater Project’s Ragtime Keeps Tempo … Mostly

The Justice Theater Project of Raleigh is producing a daring production of a modern American play about immigration, police brutality, the nature of celebrity, political protests, and capitalism. These topics are fitting with the company’s focus on social justice. What is atypical, however, is that these topics are tackled in a musical. That musical is… Read More ›

Two Fine Actors Portray Two Immensely Interesting Characters in JTP’s Tuesdays with Morrie

The Justice Theater Project produces plays that point up relevant social issues. In the Triangle, the plight of our beloved Larry Stogner of WTVD, one year into the debilitating, progressive and incurable affliction amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, resonates in this production. The play was developed from Mitch Albom’s 1997… Read More ›

Jerry Sipp and John Honeycutt’s Performances in JTP’s Tuesdays with Morrie Touch Our Souls

What if you could spend one day each week with a very dear and wise old friend — a friend who willingly mentors you and helps you deal with life? What a gift that would be! Mitch Albom had this gift fall into his lap, and he shares it with us. The script for the… Read More ›

Cast and crew of A Lesson Before Dying pose with director Deb Royals (lower right) (photo by Valerie Taylor)

The Acting Is Simply Superb in JTP’s Powerful and Poignant Production of A Lesson Before Dying

The Justice Theater Project’s 2015-16 season opener, A Lesson Before Dying, directed by Deb Royals, is powerful, poignant, and well-executed (pun intended. The acting is simply superb! Set in Louisiana in the 1940s, Romulus Linney’s play is based on Ernest J. Gaines’ 1993 novel, which tells the final chapter in the life of a man… Read More ›

JTP’s Production of “The Color Purple” Entrances

Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Fiction-winning novel The Color Purple.” was soon adapted to film. Re-adapted as a musical in 2004, with book by Marsha Norman music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, The Color Purple: The Musical has played around the country and elsewhere ever… Read More ›

Katori Hall’s 2009 Two-Character Play, “The Mountaintop,” Treats MLK as a Man, Not as a Saint

The question asked in The Justice Theater Project’s production of Katori Hall’s 2009 two-character play The Mountaintop may well be “Can a flawed man lead society to the mountaintop it so desperately needs to climb?” We Americans love to find the feet of clay that our icons and idols stand on; but this play doesn’t… Read More ›

The Justice Theatre Project’s Production of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” Is Now a Raleigh Tradition

By now a Raleigh Christmas tradition, The Justice Theatre Project’s fourth annual production of Langston Hughes’ 1961 Off-Broadway musical, Black Nativity, is an extraordinary celebration that stimulates the senses with a blaze of colors, a torrent of almost overwhelming music, and an intimacy of shared passions emanating from the stage and swirling about in the… Read More ›

“Grey Gardens: The Musical” Is a Sad Story of Family Discord, Set to Music Just as Discordant

We find only one flaw in The Justice Theater Project’s production of Grey Gardens: The Musical, but we hope it will be corrected. We question the need for amplification of the performers at all, and unfortunately that was most noticeable in the case of Jeri Lynn Schulke, whom we could almost never understand when she… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan will star in "Wit" for The Justice Theater Project on Feb. 7-23 (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

The Sword of “Wit” Slices Deeply, and Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize Winner Sticks with You

Wit by Margaret Edson is a tour-de-force play for a resilient and powerful actress, fleshed out with seven subordinate performers who are necessary to advance the plot. The Justice Theater Project’s cast does an excellent job of supporting their principal; and she, Rasool Jahan, fills the role completely. The story takes place during the last… Read More ›

Abridge Too Far: The Justice Theater Project Murders Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”

William Shakespeare’s plays may be Public Domain, and therefore FREE to produce — and ruthlessly abridge — without paying royalties; but they are deceptively difficult to stage successfully. Not many community theaters in the Triangle or elsewhere have the capability to pull it off or a talent pool deep enough to communicate the power and poetry in the dialogue of the Immortal Bard’s timeless tragedies. Sadly, such is the case with The Justice Theater Project’s current ill-conceived and at times horribly miscast presentation of “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.”

Black Nativity

Chuck Davis Will Choreograph JTP’s 2012 Edition of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” on Dec. 20-23

The Justice Theater Project is continuing its new Yuletide tradition of performing shows in downtown Raleigh, NC, by presenting its second annual production of “Black Nativity,” a 1961 gospel song play by Joplin, MO-born African-American poet, playwright, novelist, journalist, and political activist Langston Hughes (nee James Mercer Langston Hughes, 1902-67), on Dec. 20-23 in 340-seat Pittman Auditorium at Saint Mary’s School.

The Justice Theater Project will perform "Frost/Nixon" on Sept. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in north Raleigh, NC

“Frost/Nixon’s” David Henderson and John Honeycutt Twinkle Brightly for Justice Theater Project

You could probably see them from space, David Henderson and John Honeycutt twinkle so brightly as the title characters in The Justice Theater Project’s stellar production of Peter Morgan’s 2006 historical drama “Frost/Nixon,” which will conclude its three-week run on Sept 14-16 and 21-23 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in north Raleigh, NC.

The Justice Theater Project will perform "Frost/Nixon" on Sept. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in north Raleigh, NC

JTP’s “Frost/Nixon” Stars David Henderson as David Frost and John Honeycutt as President Richard Nixon

In his 2006 historical drama, “Frost/Nixon,” London playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan dramatizes events surrounding the series of 1977 television interviews about his presidency that former President Richard M. Nixon ultimately granted a persistent David Frost, whose secret hope was that Nixon would finally admit his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Was he or wasn’t he involved? You will have to see The Justice Theater Project’s presentation of “Frost/Nixon” to find out.

The Justice Theater Project will present the world premiere of "Light on the Horizon" by Deb Royals-Mizerk on June 8-24 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh

JTP’s “Light on the Horizon” Examines the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Effects on the Gulf Coast

The Justice Theater Project of Raleigh, NC will conclude its 2011-12 season — dedicated to “Our Planet. Our People. Our Plight: Stewardship of the Environment” — with “Light on the Horizon,” a work-in-progress about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster written and directed by JTP artistic director Deb Royals, on June 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh. The show will also feature original music by Diogenes Ruiz and Jim Wahl.

The "Molly Daughter" cast includes (from left) Deb Royals-Mizerk, Renée Wimberley, and Alison Lawrence (photo by Coty Cockrell)

JTP’s Multimedia Presentation of “Molly Daughter” Is a Cry from the Heart, But Sometimes Hard to Follow

Deb Royals-Mizerk, Renée Wimberley, and Alison Lawrence make all the women of “Molly Daughter” unforgettable — if at times indistinguishable — characters. The songs that they and musical director Coty Cockrell sing are moving cries from the heart; but in the end, “Molly Daughter” has too many women to keep them all straight, let alone remember which are which.

The "Molly Daughter" cast includes (from left) Deb Royals-Mizerk, Renee Wimberley, and Alison Lawrence (photo by Coty Cockrell)

“Molly Daughter” by Deborah Randall Retells a Shameful Chapter in American Labor History

“I think casting is 95 percent of a successful show,” says “Molly Daughter” director Carnessa Ottelin. “Casting for me extends into the production team. The performance ensemble of Deb Royals-Mizerk, Renee Wimberley, and Alison Lawrence is absolute, perfect charisma. Coty Cockrell (on piano) and Jason Hedrick (on bass) come together as our beautiful band.”

"Black Nativity" joyously retells the story of the birth of Jesus in song

Justice Theater Project’s Version of Langston Hughes’ Gospel Song Play, “Black Nativity,” Is Almost Sold Out

The Justice Theater Project hopes to start a new holiday tradition of performing shows in downtown Raleigh, NC, by presenting “Black Nativity,” a 1961 black gospel song play by African-American poet, playwright, and political activist Langston Hughes.

"The Secret Garden" garnered seven 1991 Tony Award® nominations, and on three Tonys

“The Secret Garden” Is a Tony Award®-Winning Musical Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Novel

The Justice Theater Project will kick off its 2011-12 season with the Tony Award®-winning 1991 Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” with music by Lucy Simon and a book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, based on the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, on Sept. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in north Raleigh, NC.