The New Theatre at Firehouse presents The Virginia Premiere of BERTA, BERTA by Angelica Chéri

By | September 10, 2023

Firehouse Theatre in collaboration with The Conciliation Project presents the Virginia
premiere of BERTA, BERTA. Get ready for an unforgettable night of drama opening September 29 and running through October 15, 2023.

BERTA, BERTA is a gripping tale that tells the story of a pair of lovers’ reunion, swelling from a quarrelsome conjuring of the past to an impassioned plot to escape their impending fate. The play is a fictional origin story of the real prison chain-gang song “Berta, Berta” which originated on Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary. Set in the heart of the American South, Chéri’s writing delves deep into the complexities of love, loss, and the ties that bind us together.

BERTA, BERTA, written by Angelica Chéri and directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford Wates, promises to be a
theatrical tour de force. With a talented cast featuring Katrinah Carol Lewis and Jerold E. Solomon, BERTA,
BERTA guarantees an immersive and thought-provoking experience that is not to be missed. In addition to the exceptional cast, BERTA, BERTA boasts an impressive production team.

A content advisory is suggested: adult content and situations.

Ticket information: $15-$35 | Tickets are now available for purchase through Firehouse Theatre’s official

Performance Schedule:
● Opening Night – September 29 at 7:30pm
● Running Thursday – Sunday through Oct. 15, 2023
● Pay-What-You-Will previews on September 27th and 28th at 7:30pm
● Pay-What You-Will performance on October 8th at 2pm

Firehouse Theatre
1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

  • Director: Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
  • Produced in collaboration with The Conciliation Project
  • Cast:
    • Katrinah Carol Lewis as Berta
    • Jerold E. Solomon as Leroy
  • Production Team:
    • Costume Designer: Nia Safarr Banks
    • Lighting Designer: Andrew Bonniwell
    • Sound Designer: Kyle Epps
    • Intimacy Director: Stephanie ‘Tippi’ Hart
    • Assistant Intimacy Director: Dorothy Dee D. Miller
    • Scene Designer: Chris Raintree
    • Stage Manager: Grace LaBelle
    • Additional Music by Andrew Alli

About Firehouse Theatre:

The Firehouse Theatre is a thriving hub of creative activity, an artistic home, and a center for community
engagement dedicated to producing thought-provoking new work. The New Theatre strives to challenge and expand art and industry through innovation in project development, presentation, and community participation. Under the new merger, The New Theatre at Firehouse is committed to artistic excellence and amplifying the diverse voices of NEW American Theatre.

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