School of Drama will present "Spell No. 7" by Ntozake Shange as the second production of New Visions 2020.
Within the pages of Spell No. 7, the late Ntozake Shange magically weaves a story about an ensemble of Black artists, and their experiences in the world. A choreopoem, a genre penned by Shange herself, uses choreography and music alongside a series of vignettes, and lengthy monologues, to discuss in detail the ensemble’s stories on the struggles they face not only as Black people, but as Black artists.
The production will be directed by MFA third-year director Nigel Semaj, and feature: Olivia Battle, Jazmyn DeAnna Boone, Rebecca Ford, Racquel Jean-Louis, Kwesiu Jones, Ian Lawrence, Phil Lopez, Jordan Mosley, and Carla Maureen Smith.
Production Stage Manager Jonathan Castanien*
Assistant Stage Manager TaTyana Smith*
Scenic Design Diggle
Costume Design Kara Branch
Lighting Design Jenn Fok
Sound Design Almeda Beynon
Dramaturg Calley Anderson
Composer Carlos Duràn
Student Assistant Director Bakari Lebby
Assistant Choreographers Sabira Jade, Rebecca Ford