Actors Make Adaptation of ‘Bluest Eye’ Sizzle

Until I saw The Bluest Eye, directed by Fred Sternfeld at Karamu House in Cleveland, I don’t think I had ever watched a production that inspired two contradictory trains of thought. Before I explain those divergent trains, a background of the play is necessary. The Bluest Eye is adapted from Noble Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s […]

Akron Company featured in Cleveland Theatre Festival

Most theatres in the Akron-area shy away from controversial material, choosing to produce fare that won’t leave audiences demanding their ticket money back.  Heads Up Productions does just the opposite.  “Heads Up has consistently, since it’s founding, had a dark side and I think that helps shake people,” said Artistic Director TJ Jozsa. Our production, […]

Episode 40: Big Box, Week 3: “1,000 Hills” and “To the Sea…”

Host Benjamin Rexroad interviews India Burton and Christine McBurney, guest artists in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box Series. 1,000 Hills written by India Burton A play about the Rwandan Genocide India doesn’t come to rehearsal, but when she does… Benjamin’s “inferiority complex” This cast is so good… (How good is it?!?) Similarities and differences between […]

“1,000 Hills” as part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box Series

Episode 32: Racism, Sexuality and Daybreak’s Children

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Jozsa interview Akron-native and playwright John Dayo-Aliya at the Balch Street Community Center during rehearsal of his show, Daybreak’s Children. “My struggle in life has not necessarily been being gay or black…it’s been more so being both.” Daybreak’s Children deals with racism, sexuality and crack addiction John got the idea […]

Episode 29: Daybreak’s Children

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Jozsa interview Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer India Burton. “We can’t ignore the fact that they have scripts on the stage.” Daybreak’s Children by John Dayo-Aliya explores the black experience in present day America.  But it’s a story that surpasses cultural boundaries.  Sammie, the oldest child and only son, has […]

Now Old Sojourner Has Got A Little More To Say

This is an entry from India Burton who is playing Sojourner Truth in our upcoming production of A Woman Called Truth. The show is presented by First Grace United Church of Christ and plays January 13, 14, 15 at 8 pm. *** Working with the cast and crew of A Woman Called Truth has been […]