“Permitted” A new play, by Kirya Traber
1948, Gladys Bentley, a once (in)famous Harlem renaissance performer known for breaking the rules
for gender and sexuality, finds herself at a crossroads. When her performance permit is denied,
she is threatened with professional ruin, and possibly prison time if she doesn’t
“change her act” as an artist, and as a proud gender rebel.
Staged reading November 13th, Submerge 2016: will you?
BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange
(Photo credit: Lippe)
Directed by Nia Witherspoon
Pernell Walker– Gladys Bentley
Alfie Fuller– Erica Hollins
Rosalyn Temple– Sophia Bentley
Michael Axtell– Mr Barker/Famous White Actor/Chorus
Starr Kirkland– Narrator/Chorus
Jarvis Griggs– Chorus