Plays & Stage Shows
Tribute to the Greats (50 min) Directed by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
Since 2014, Liberated Muse Arts Group has presented tribute shows to late great African-American figures in entertainment and social justice. The tribute to Maya Angelou that was conceived and presented immediately after the passing of the great poet and national figure was commissioned by the ArtsAllNightDC festival and the Baltimore Book Festival in 2014. In 2015, after the passing of the phenomenal actress and social justice activist Ruby Dee, Liberated Muse began touring a show that honored her as well. This show, A tribute to Ruby Dee and Maya Angelou, was presented to audiences at the Oxon Hill Public Library, Artscape Festival and colleges, festivals and events throughout Maryland. In 2015, Liberated Muse created a tribute set to honor the late Gil Scott-Heron which was presented in the DC Poetry Festival at the Carter Baron Amphitheater in Washington DC. The performance was heralded in the Washington Informer newspaper. In 2017, a tribute show titled, "Walk down Poetry Lane" was created to tribute the work of Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks and other African-American Women writers.
Liberated Muse Arts Group tribute shows are a fusion on theatre, musical performance and poetry that comes alive as each member of the troupe brings an element of artistry that ignites the stage whether individually or as an ensemble. The tribute shows present work both from the person/people who are honored in the show and original work created by each troupe member individually or as a collective.
In Her Words (50 min) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
Summary: Cass is up late finishing a paper and visited by the ghost of her idol, writer Lucille Clifton. Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Zora Neale Hurston make appearances in this glimpse into the transformative lives of some of our most renowned entertainers who were pivotal in social justice movements in the United States. How far have we really come?
In Her Words was produced by Liberated Muse Arts Group and debuted at the MLK Public Library in Washington DC in Feb. 2012. It was later presented by the United States Peace Corps that month as part of its Black History Month Programming. In 2013, the production was showcased by Prince George’s County Library System (PGCLS), Alexandria Library System (ALS) in Virginia, the Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s and the Potter’s House in Washington, DC. In 2014, the production toured, returning to PGCLS, and ALS, and debuting at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum.
In Her Words is a 50-minute theatrical musical that explores the intersection of race, gender and social activism through the lives of six legendary African-American creatives. In Her Words educates the audience while engaging them with emotional theater and musical moments that are drawn directly from the lives of the women portrayed. During the 2014 season, the women explored were:
Zora Neale Hurston
Different women may be highlighted each year and the format of the show is flexible in that the story line may be modified for each audience. Show for All Ages. Learn more here. Book This Show Today!
Running: AMOK (70 minutes) Written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Music Composed by Gary Young
Summary: LeShell, Nina and Camille are mental wrecks after the birth of their new babies. In a psychiatrist’s office they meet and commiserate before meeting the unstoppable Mama Belle. Will their lives ever know normal again?
Running: AMOK debuted in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest in Washington DC for a five show run. In 2011, Running: AMOK was presented by Liberated Muse Arts Group for a 5-day tour.
Madame Breezy's Speakeasy (an improv show with music and theater) Conceived by Khadijah Ali-Coleman
All dandies and dames have a ball at Madame Breezy’s Speakeasy, an interactive show experience. This marvelous production debuted in 2014 as a Liberated Muse production presented as part of the JazzKnights & Blackberry Jazz series at Vicino’s in Silver Spring, MD. There is nothing like it. Channeling the high moments of the 1930’s jazz era on this time-traveling joyride fitted with music, fun and audience participation, Liberated Muse’s talented troupe give you theatre improv, musical mayhem and an engaging fun time that you won’t want to miss! Adult Themes. Recommended for Ages 18 and up. Book This Show Today!