“Dangerous, incredibly current and really provocative.” Watch the brilliant new show trailer below to find out what else stars Elizabeth Berrington and Tanya Moodie and director Jonathan O’Boyle had to say about the upcoming UK premiere of American playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking. And then get booking!
Elizabeth Berrington, Tanya Moodie, Sheila Reid and Bo Paraj star in the UK premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace comedy drama Rasheeda Speaking, which runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2 from 18 April to 12 May 2018, with a press night on 20 April.
In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. The women’s friendship quickly deteriorates, and a chilling power struggle ensues. With the office becoming a battleground of passive aggression and paranoia, things spin wildly out of control.
Joel Drake Johnson’s incendiary and timely new play examines underlying racism in the workplace, white guilt and the manipulation of women by men in power. The UK premiere is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and designed by Anna Reid, with lighting by Peter Harrison and sound and music by Max Perryment. It’s produced by Troupe.
Rasheeda Speaking was originally produced by Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre, was nominated for Best Play by the Jefferson Committee, and then opened at New York City’s Signature Theatre in 2015, directed by actor-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon and starring Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins. It was subsequently nominated for Best New Off Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and ﬁlmed by WNET New York/East Coast.
Rasheeda Speaking runs from 18 April to 12 May 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 3DY. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £15-35. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
What do the stars and director think of the play they’re working on?
“Dangerous, incredibly current and really provocative” Here’s some more info on the funny, uncomfortable & fast-paced off-Broadway transfer #RasheedaSpeaking by @Troupe_Theatre. Coming to @TrafStudios from 18th April, book now: https://t.co/hmBscym8of. Film credit @andrewberekdar pic.twitter.com/qYkx4GIEyy
— ATG (@ATGTICKETS) March 28, 2018
“It’s dangerous, incredibly current and really provocative”
“People will find the [workplace] dynamics very familiar… but under the surface, things are brewing”
“At the heart of the piece are themes of racism, particularly in the workplace… I think it’s a comment on modern America”
“It’s uncomfortable but it’s also funny, fast-paced and it will stay with the audience long after they’ve left the theatre”