Celebrate African American arts and artists in the Triangle!
Shirley Caesar & The Caesar Singers
May 5, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Over the course of her storied career, Pastor Shirley Caesar has picked up 12 Grammy Awards, 18 Dove Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and numerous other honors. She has been a standard-bearer for traditional African-American gospel music, yet at the same time has been unafraid to challenge convention and take the genre in daring new directions. She currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh. PineCone is looking forward to celebrating this iconic NC musician in concert this spring, and we hope you'll join us for an evening with Shirley Caesar & The Caesar Singers in Raleigh! Admission: $15+
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E South St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Our stories are being told and we
should be there to see them.
I just saw The Justice Theater Project’s production of A Doll’s House and Playmakers Repertory Company’s Skeleton Crew. Both performances received rave reviews from audiences and critics. They both have great casts, unique sets and special stories about our community. They were both written by young African American female playwrights.
There is another thing the shows have in common. They did not have enough African Americans in the audience. It is heartbreaking to see such wonderful plays with African American casts and only a few of us there to experience them. In the Skeleton Crew playbill, there was a "Rules of Engagement" from the playwright. Here are some excerpts:
You are allowed to have audible moments of reaction and response. My work requires a few "um hmms" and "uhn uhnns" should you need to use them. This can be church for some of us, testifying is allowed. Please be an audience member that joins with others and allows a bit of breathing room. Exhale together. Laugh together. Say "amen" should you need to. This is community. Let's go.
It is clear who she was thinking of when she wrote her rules. She created her play for us. And we should be there. You know what? You will LOVE both of these shows! And your friends and family will love you for bringing them. And the actors, playwrights and theater companies will love that you were there. So please provide your support. I promise you'll be glad that you did!
By Sherri Holmes, Triangle FAAA Founder & Director
Photo by Bruce Depyssler