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Production History

1994

Robey Theatre Company founded by Danny Glover and Ben Guillory.

1995

Eighteen play readings

1996

Robey undertook its first production successfully mounting Patrick Sheane Duncan’s Souls On Fire. Robey also became a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization and hired a part-time artistic director to oversee operations.

1999

1999 began as a banner year for Robey Theatre Company. Robey co-produced, with East-West Players, the world premiere of Yohen, a play by Phillip Kan Gotanda. August saw the West Coast premiere of Thomas Gibbon’s remarkable play Bee-Luther-Hatchee.

2000

Playwrights Lab launched.

2001

Levy Lee Simon’s Haitian Trilogy, For The Love of Freedom Pt.I: Toussaint with Greenway Arts Alliance was an enormous undertaking for both theatre companies; a period piece with more than 30 actors, a set that encompassed the entire theatre and a theme that revealed the little known history of the successful Haitian Slave Revolt. Robey and Greenway were nominated for 10 NAACP Image Awards and won three: Directing, Ensemble Acting, and Costume Design.

2002

With Chicago’s Legacy Productions, the companies produced Christophe Moore’s The Last Season directed by Legacy’s Chuck Smith. The production included noted film actor and Legacy co-founder Harry Lennix and Robey’s Artistic Director Ben Guillory as a part of the ensembles cast. The extended run played to packed houses and rave reviews.

2003

For The Love of Freedom Pt. II: Dessalines was produced.

2004

For The Love of Freedom Pt.III: Christophe was produced.

2005

Tom Gibbon’s Permanent Collection co-produced with Greenway Arts Alliance was a critical and audience favorite.

2006

Permanent Collection was invited to become part of the CTG’s season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

2007

With the Against Type Theatre Company, A Medley of One-Acts presented by the Los Angeles Theatre Company’s, Cultural Roundtable.

2008

A House With No Walls, the third in Tom Gibbon’s urban trilogy about race in America.

2010

Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN), The Robey Theatre Company and Ebony Repertory Theatre presented the 1st annual “Shoulder to Shoulder: African-Americans, the Arts and Autism” on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Harimaya Bridge was released and had an extended run due to rave reviews. March 26th to April 8th.

The Emperor’s Last Performance, a play about the play that changed theatre, was produced and developed through the Robey Theatre Company’s Playwrights Program. Ran March 26th to April 4th.

Transitions, a trilogy of one-act plays that features intense and colorful women who find themselves and their loved ones at the crossroads of life, was produced and developed through the Robey Theatre Company’s Playwrights Program. Ran June 18th to June 27th.

The Reckoning, a play revolving around one plantation, two families and so many secrets is produced and developed throught the Robey Theatre Company’s Playwrights Program. Ran September 25th to October 24th.

7 NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations for Robey:

  • Best Set Design: The River Niger – John Paul Luckenback
  • Best Ensemble Cast: The River Niger
  • Best Director: Bronzeville – Ben Guillory
  • Best Playwright: Bronzeville – Timothy Toyama and Aaron Woolfolk
  • Best Lighting: Bronzeville – Luke Moyer
  • Best Ensemble Cast: Bronzeville
  • Best Production: The River Niger, Robey Theatre Company, and Ben Guillory

Winner of 2 NAACP Theatre Awards:

  • Best Lighting: Bronzeville
  • Best Production: The River Niger, Robey Theatre Company, and Ben Guillory

2011 – More Info

A public reading of Kurt Maxey’s Pity the Proud Ones was held on Sunday, January 30th. The play was received well and thus placed into the 2011 Fall Season!

Pity the Proud Ones went on to run from October 20th to November 13th

Bronzeville goes to the Manzanar historical site for 5 performances May 19th – 23rd

12 NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations for Robey:

  • Best Set Design: Transitions – Victoria Bellocq
  • Best Sound: The Emperor’s Last Performance – Eric Butler
  • Best Director: Transitions – Dwain A. Perry
  • Best Playwright:
    • Transitions – Kellie Roberts
    • The Emperor’s Last Performance – Melvin Ishmael Johnson
    • The Reckoning – Kimba Henderson
  • Best Lead Male: The Emperor’s Last Performance – Dwain A. Perry
  • Best Supporting Male: The Emperor’s Last Performance – Robert Clements
  • Best Female Lead: The Reckoning – Toyin Moses
  • Best Ensemble Cast: Transitions
  • Best Producer:
    • Transitions – The Robey Theatre Company and Ben Guillory
    • The Reckoning – The Robey Theatre Company and Ben Guillory in Association with Latino Theatre Company

    Winner of 5 NAACP Theatre Awards:

    • Best Set Design: Transitions – Victoria Bellocq
    • Best Playwright: Transitions – Kellie Roberts
    • Best Supporting Male: The Emperor’s Last Performance – Robert Clements
    • Best Sound: The Emperor’s Last Performance – Eric Butler
    • Best Producer: The Reckoning – The Robey Theatre Company and Ben Guillory in Association with Latino Theatre Company

2012 – More Info

Camp Logan, a play about the Black 24th infantry in 1917 Texas had a successful run from April 28th to May 27th

A public reading of Pearl Cleage’s The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, directed by Jasmine Guy was held July 29th

Philip Yordan’s play Anna Lucasta was produced.

NAACP Theatre Awards:

  • Best Sound Design (Local) – Kimberly McCord Wilson – Pity The Proud Ones
  • Best Set Design (Local) – Miguel Montalvo – Pity The Proud Ones

2013

NAACP Theatre Awards:

  • Best Playwright (Local) – Celeste Bedford Walker – Camp Logan
  • Best Producer (local) – Ben Guillory (Robey Theatre Company), Viola Davis and Julius Tennon (JuVee Productions), Vanessa Paul and Alex Morris (Sparkling City Entertainment) – Camp Logan
  • Best Lighting (Local) – Sammie Wayne IV – Camp Logan
  • Best Set Design (Local) – Tom Meleck – Anna Lucasta
  • Best Sound – Eric Butler – Anna Lucasta
  • Best Supporting Female (Local) – Cydney Wayne Davis – Anna Lucasta
  • Best Supporting Male (Local) Sammie Wayne IV – Anna Lucasta

2014 -More Info

Camp Logan written by Celeste Bedford Walker | Feb 7 – Mar 23

Sassy Mamas written by Celeste Bedford Walker | Feb 1 – Mar 30

Uncanny Valley written by Thomas Gibbons | Feb 23 Reading

Knock Me A Kiss written by Charles Smith | Apr 5 – May 1

Tallest Tree in the Forest written and performed by Daniel Beaty

The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel written by Levy Lee Simon