/underground

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

Written by Kristina Neal ’19, Peryn Reeves-Darby ’18 & Darius Johnson ’18
Composed by Woodlynn Daniel ’17, La’Toya Princess Jackson ALM ’19 & Jared Hettrick
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

Sunday, November 19 at 7:30pm (Open Rehearsal)
Wednesday, November 29 at 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.

Questions and media inquiries can be directed to undergroundonthemainstage@gmail.com.

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 … Anselm Kizza-Besigye
Nialls Phorbe … Jake Schwencke
Ensemble … Jonah Azurin, Joy Nesbitt

STAFF

Director … Kristina Neal
Music Director … Hannah Lemmons
Choreographer … Miranda Tyson
Stage Manager … Zindzi Hammond-Hanson
Assistant Stage Manager … Jasi Lampkin
Set Designer & Technical Director … Gabby Preston
Lighting Designer … Leah Marsh
Lighting Advisor … Casey Goggin
Sound Designer … Ata Amponsah
Props Designer … Inaara Shiraz
Costume Designer & Makeup Artist … Kelcee Everette
Executive Producers … Audrey Effenberger, Brandi Moore
Financial Producer … Montita Sowapark
Publicity Producers … Nicholas Whittaker, Danukshi Mudannayake
Assistant Publicity Producer … Ekemini Ekpo
Associate Publicity Producer of Photography … Melanie Fu