155 First Avenue
East Village, NY 10003
Description: "Ain't Nobody - A Civil Rights Musical" (New York premiere) Written and directed by Ardencie Hall-Karambé, choreography by Chadwick T. Adams. Johnson Theater - Saturday, August 27 at 2:00PM; Sunday, August 28 at 2:00PM; Monday, August 29 at 7:00PM; Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00PM; Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00PM. Running Time: 90 minutes | Tickets: $15.
"Ain't Nobody…" examines the Civil Rights Movement by dramatizing some of the major events in that turbulent time in American history. The musical allows audiences to hear and see the people and moments that shaped the subsequent generation, changing the direction of American society and politics. This movement ushered in the ideas of diversity and a more balanced society. Beginning with time of Jim Crow legislation to the formation of the Black Panthers, "Ain't Nobody…" highlights how the Civil Rights Movement was a people's movement and served to benefit not only African Americans, but more importantly, all American citizens. Ardencie Hall-Karambé was born in Texas and is a benefactor of the Civil Rights Movement. She trained as an actress at Texas State University earning a B.F.A. in Theatre. After graduation, she returned to the Houston area where she performed at The Ensemble Theatre, Stage Repertory Theatre, and Clear Lake Repertory Theatre. Ardencie directed plays while at university but truly found her passion as the director of Spirit Production, Inc. Later invited back to Texas State to choreograph a production, she stayed to receive a Master's degree in Directing with an emphasis in Music. After receiving her degree, she headed to New York City where she worked in theatre. She has theatrical credits from Theatre for the New City, The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre of the Riverside Church, and P.S. 122. Ardencie later entered New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she received a Ph. D. in Performance Studies. She currently teaches theatre at Community College of Philadelphia and is the Artistic Director and Founder of Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective.