Features five productions, including

Tony Award-nominated musical The Color Purple,

a revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,

the world premiere of The Sam Cooke Story by Nate Jacobs,

the Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy,

and a holiday production of A Motown Christmas 

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has announced its 2015-2016 season. In addition to four regular-season shows, which are included in the season subscription, the schedule includes a special holiday show being offered outside of the subscription. Running from October 2015 through the end of May 2016, the regular season shows are The Color Purple, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Sam Cooke Story, and Driving Miss Daisy. The holiday show is A Motown Christmas.

World premier musical revue written by Nate Jacobs honors female jazz greats

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s season continues with Jazz Hot Mamas, a world premiere by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. In this sizzling musical revue, Jacobs salutes the great female performers of the jazz era, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Etta Jones and Peggy Lee. They rose to stardom, broke barriers, and left a legacy few can match. Their phenomenal voices, style and grace won over audiences around the world.

Second offering of the season will feature Michael Mendez highlighting Latin soul music and highlights from his favorite performances at WBTT

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to continue its second annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with one-night, one-person shows. The second show of this season, “I Love Music,” takes place Monday, March 2 at 8:00pm and features Michael Mendez. Join this WBTT company member as he presents an exciting evening of Latin soul music and singing. He will also perform his favorite performances at WBTT

Initial offering of the season will feature Leon S. Pitts II in a tribute to James Brown

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to announce its second annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with one-night, one-person shows. The first show of this season, “Showtime with Leon Pitts,” takes place Monday, February 2 at 7:30pm and features Leon S. Pitts II. Join this WBTT company member as he explores his own theatrical career and humble beginnings. Additionally, audiences will also enjoy a tribute to the music of sizzling soul legend James Brown.

Renowned director Chuck Smith in town from Chicago to direct the performance

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s season continues with “Knock Me A Kiss,” a work by playwright Charles Smith that examines the societal pressures on the daughter of noted anti-segregationist activist W.E.B. DuBois to marry the “right” kind of man. The show asks the question: when is personal happiness more important than the sacrifices, lies, and deferred dreams of a family trying to make the world a better place?

World premier musical revue will highlight the great women performers of the jazz era

SARASOTA, FL – Nearly two months before the show even opens, in response to blistering ticket sales, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has extended the run of its upcoming musical revue "Jazz Hot Mamas." In this show – a world premiere created by artistic director Nate Jacobs – the company salutes the great women performers of the jazz era such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Etta Jones, and Peggy Lee. These women rose to stardom, broke barriers and left a legacy few can match. Their phenomenal voices, style and grace won over audiences around the world.

Funds will enable national theater festival leader to enjoy
WBTT’s 15th anniversary celebration, Sarasota’s cultural offerings

(SARASOTA, FL – SEPT. 24, 2014) Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) received a grant of approximately $2,000 from Visit Sarasota County to fund the travels of National Black Theatre Festival director Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin to Sarasota for WBTT’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on October 6.