The Ensemble Theatre will debut its first production by award winning playwright Charles
Smith as its 2012-2013 season continues. The show will be directed by visiting artist
Chuck Smith, resident director at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Knock Me a Kiss takes place during the 1920s in Harlem. The story follows Yolonda DuBois,
a woman torn between two lovers. One is a fast-living musician, Jimmy Lunceford, the
other a poet, Countee Cullen, sanctioned by her father, activist W.E.B. DuBois. This
fictional account is inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of
W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The
marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union
of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost black
intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a poet
whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. At what
personal cost does a leader pay to make life better for so many others when he is blind
to those living in his own home?
When: Previews: Saturday, January 26, 2013: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, 2013: 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013: 7:30 p.m.
Show Run: January 31 -- February 24, 2013
Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. and
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Ensemble Theatre
3535 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002