/underground

Presented by Harvard Black C.A.S.T.

Written by Darius Johnson ’18, Kristina Neal ’19 & Peryn Reeves-Darby ’18
Composed by Woodlynn Daniel ’17 & Eddy Walda ’19
Directed by Kristina Neal ’19
Music Directed by Hannah Lemmons ’20
Produced by Audrey Effenberger ’19, Brandi Moore ’19, Montita Sowapark ’18 & Nicholas Whittaker ’19

PERFORMANCES & TICKETING

Loeb Mainstage

Friday, November 17 at 8pm*
Sunday, November 19 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm*
Friday, December 1 at 8pm
Saturday, December 2 at 2pm

Run time: 2 hours with intermission

Visit the Loeb Box Office to purchase your tickets.
An asterisk denotes a performance that is free with HUID.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Black female protagonists are often associated with an ethereal wisdom and a heightened ability for motherly protection and caretaking. Otherwise, portrayals utilize tropes such as the help, the mammy, or the petty criminal. Either way, the intelligence of the Black protagonist is mired or nonexistent. /underground is an original musical that revisits the “mob boss” archetype with a twist that emphasizes the intelligence of protagonist Maxine. Her needs come first—above politics, sex, men, and the law—and from the comfort of her high-end nightclub, /underground, Maxine runs a complex criminal organization that funds these needs. Her journey highlights the cross-generational perseverance of the Black mind while presenting the audience with a new outlook on what hyper-intelligence looks like in a Black woman protagonist taking the law into her own hands.

CAST

Maxine Stryker … Asia Stewart
Dawn Herring … Madison Trice
Daisy Minx … Skylar-Bree Takyi
Charlie … Cahleb Derry
Sis … Katie Okunu
Violet Herring / VI … Leah Smart
Camille … Jhanelle Bisasor
Ricky … Ruiqi He
Nialls Phorbe …
Ensemble … Anselm Kizza-Besigge, Jonah Azurin, Joy Nesbitt

STAFF

Authors … Darius Johnson, Kristina Neal, Peryn Reeves-Darby
Lyricist … Woodlynn Daniel
Composers … Eddy Walda, Woodlynn Daniel
Directors … Kristina Neal
Assistant Director … Peryn Reeves-Darby
Music Director … Hannah Lemmons
Choreographer … Miranda Tyson
Stage Manager … Zindzi Hammond-Hanson
Assistant Stage Manager … Jasi Lampkin
Technical Director … Gabby Preston
Set Designers … Gabby Preston, Julia Steigerwald Schnall, Sophia Ramsey
Lighting Designer … Leah Marsh
Lighting Advisor … Casey Goggin
Sound Designer … Ata Amponsah
Co-Props Designer … Claire Rivkin
Co-Props Designer … Jess Erion
Costume Designer & Makeup Artist … Kelcee Everette
Executive Producers … Audrey Effenberger, Brandi Moore
Financial Producer … Montita Sowapark
Publicity Producer … Nicholas Whittaker
Associate Publicity Producer of Photography … Melanie Fu