a story about a woman's vision and a journey through time to inspire a broken community to fall in love with itself again.

Synopsis

A community activist named Queen is so afraid of being labeled “The Angry Black Woman” that she has taken a back seat to the leadership role in her community. Although, some say she is the key to her community’s rise, her words are often met with resistance and hostility. On the edge of giving up on her vision, Queen is suddenly swept away on a journey leaping worlds, historical events and time periods where she ultimately finds herself in a land called The City of Chaos. This troubled community is tangled in a web of internalized racism, colorism, classism, female degradation and the pursuit of privilege.

However, as Queen begins to question old ways and beliefs of the community, once again, she finds that her words are not welcomed with open arms, especially by its King. Will a troubled people consider Queen’s vision and new ways of thinking, or will they choose to remain as they are in an endless battle with each other over titles, status and the pursuit of privilege?

presented by The Fashion Opera

The Awakening

Written by Antonio Wingfield


Directed by - Darnelle Sanders

All costumes designed by Antonio Wingfield on behalf of The Fashion Opera

Dance Choreographers: Tiffany Hudson & James Thomas


The Cast


Shamara "Milky" Griggs.........……. qUEEN


listed in alphabetical order


Andrea R. Pernell .........….........…...... mS.  jONES

Ayana Michelle ................................... The Reporter

Antonio wingfield ............................. karma

Mildred Lawrence ............................. miss bougie

Charmecia Burrell ........................... Truth, The goddess OF beauty

Darnelle Sanders .............................. The Minister

Demetrie Burley................................... fLOWER bOY

James Thomas ....................................... two penny

Kevin Ekstrom ...................................... tHE pHILOSOPHER

Kiara Davis ............................................. hOT cHOCOLATE

Metra D Sha' .......................................... Deception

Nate Davis ............................................... mR. jONES

Paige Guillory....................................... misS hOLIER tHAN tHOU

Rafiki K ..................................................... tHE gOOD mAN

Taylor Brown ....................................... bECKY proper

thony Gold ............................................. The King

Tiffany Hudson ..................................... bLACK hEAVEN

Tomi Kayode ............................................ sALTY

Za Harden-Allen ................................... the pRECIOUS


technical


makeup ....................................................... KaDeshia Monae

sound ......................................................... Trey Roach



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THE AWAKENING: CHANGE BEGINS WITHIN

"The authentic self never goes out of style."       - Antonio Wingfield