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I Gotta Home

May 7–10, 2021

I Gotta Home

May 7–10, 2021

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Reverend Cobb has a large, boisterous family and the dwindling bank account to match.

So when the family learns that his long-lost sister is quite possibly the heir to a celebrity fortune, excitement and intrigue brew. But once the enigmatic Aunt Mattie blasts into town, the Cobb family and parsonage discover that things aren’t quite what they seem! 

I Gotta Home had a 1940 production by the Gilpin Players at Western Reserve University. In an article on the play, The Cleveland Plain Dealer referred to Shirley Graham Du Bois as “One of Yale’s most promising playwrighting students.”

Permission for the reading as a part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Refocus Project 2021 virtual reading series has been granted by Odell Murry on behalf of the Shirley Graham Du Bois estate.

I Gotta Home Cast

Ben-Hur
Kaden Amari Anderson
Toussant
Roman Banks
Sister Saboy/Mrs. Swan
Kierra Bunch
Jasper Jones
Bjorn DuPaty
Rev. Elijah J. Cobb
Wendell B. Franklin
E.J.
Toney Goins
Miss Hall/Sister White/Radio Announcer/Stage Directions
Amara Granderson
Peewee
Kadeem Ali Harris
Lilacs
Emery Jones
Mrs. Cobb
Patrese D. McClain
Brother Perkins
Jacob Ming-Trent
Mirah
Adrianna Mitchell
Leo/Stage Directions
Michael Rishawn
Butch Johnson/Policeman
Eric B. Robinson Jr.
Mattie Cobb
Latrice Royale
Dr. Caleb Green
Keith Randolph Smith
Brother Pugh
Ray Anthony Thomas

I Gotta Home Creative

Playwright
Shirley Graham Du Bois
Director
Steve H. Broadnax III
Associate Director
Lamar Perry
Stage Manager
Jereme Kyle Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager
Tia Harewood-Millington

Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Permission for the reading as a part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Refocus Project 2021 virtual reading series has been granted by Odell Murry on behalf of the Shirley Graham Du Bois estate.

Special Thanks: Abby Melick

For information on producing I GOTTA HOME, please contact refocus@roundabouttheatre.org.

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Read More:

Shirley Graham Du Bois: Brief Life Story

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History of the Play

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Historical Context


We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
SAG-AFTRA

through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.

Additional funding provided by