Young WBTT artist Maicy Powell to present two performances of ‘The Kid is Alright’ on February 4

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present the sixth year of its annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with self-produced, one-person shows. The first Young Artist performances of the season, “The Kid is Alright: An Evening with Maicy Powell,” take place Monday, February 4 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (The evening performance is already sold out.)

Free panel discussion, ‘Who Is James Baldwin? A Conversation About His Life and Ideas,’
takes place on January 28

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present a WBTT Voices program, titled “Who is James Baldwin? A Conversation About His Life and Ideas.” The panel discussion – one of two events being offered in conjunction with its production of Baldwin’s The Amen Corner (January 23 – March 3, 2019) – takes place on Monday, January 28, 5:30-7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

Groundbreaking play by James Baldwin explores themes of faith and family; renowned director Chuck Smith returns to Sarasota to take the artistic reins

SARASOTA, FL – For its third offering of the 2018-2019 mainstage season, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present James Baldwin’s play, The Amen Corner. WBTT resident director Chuck Smith returns to Sarasota to direct this show, which runs January 23 – March 3, 2019, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and weekend matinees at 2 p.m. at the WBTT theater (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).

MLK Day event to feature re-enactments of Dr. King’s speeches, song and dance

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe invites the community to celebrate the rich legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a community-wide program. The event, titled “MLK: Celebrating His Legacy in Spoken Word and Song,” will feature re-enactments of Dr. King’s speeches, song and dance. The celebration takes place on Monday, January 21, 7-9 p.m., at the Booker High School VPA Theatre (3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).

Popular arts organization to offer a 'triple play' of fun, funk and fireworks as part of the Orioles' 'Arts in the Ballpark' series

SARASOTA, FL – The hits will keep on coming as Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe partners with the Baltimore Orioles to present the '70s Soul Party at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8-10 p.m. The event, which will feature WBTT's “All-Star” artists and sizzling band performing the chart-topping soul hits of the 1970s, is part of the Orioles' "Arts in the Ballpark" series.

Uplifting holiday presentation melds gospel with the poetry of Langston Hughes

SARASOTA, FL – Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with Black Nativity, an inspirational gospel musical – originally penned by poet/playwright Langston Hughes – that retells the biblical Nativity story. The music is combined with dance, poetry and narrative to deliver a message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. 

Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul features popular WBTT artist Sheldon Rhoden, who takes a third turn in the production’s lead role

SARASOTA, FL – For its second offering of the 2018-2019 mainstage season, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is bringing back one of its most popular productions, Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul. Sheldon Rhoden – who starred in the show in 2011 and 2014 – returns in the title role; WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs is the creator and director. The show runs November 28, 2018 – January 13, 2019, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and weekend matinees at 2 p.m. at the Westcoast Black Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota).