Real Life: An Original Hip-Hopera

Written and Directed by Joel P.E. King

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is pleased to present the touring production, Real Life, which was written and directed — and for this run, stars — occasional WBTT artist Joel P. E. King. Real Life, a two-act "hip-hopera" with sizzling song and dance, has been described as Rent meets In the Heights; it's a transformational story that explores the attitudes of urban living. The main character, Ray, has a test of faith as he is forced to choose his morality over a sensationalized street nature that may lead to his demise.


VIDEO: See excerpts from Real Life!


cast and creative:

Ariel Blue (Aunt T/Church Lady Ensemble)

Zachary Clark (Theo)

Kayla Fisch (Rita/Reporter/Police)

Herman GordoN (Preacher/Mr. Johnson)

Lucretia Johnson (Principal Dancer/Woman #3)

Byron Keaton (Champagne/Detective)

Terry L’s Kendrick (Willie Funk/G-Dog)

Joel P. E. King (Ray)

Allie Mays (Tina)

Raleigh Mosely (Scottie/Lil’ Big Ray)

Amber Myers (Kid)

Blaque Pearl (Candy/Woman #2)

Carvas Pickens (Tez/Raheem/Detective)

Felecia Rogers (Church Lady #1)

Carol Saxton (Gran)

London Upshaw (Lil’ Ray)

Alyssa White (Charlette/Woman #1/Church Lady #2)

Henry Washington (Youngblood/Judge)


JOEL P.E. KING (Director, Playwright)