Book, Music and Lyrics by Tim Acito
Directed by Jacqueline L. Gafford
Musical Direction by Anthony T. Edwards
Choreography by Nedra Dixon
The Levin Stage

December 5, 2008 – January 11, 2009

Oprah turned Gloria Naylor’s best selling novel into a TV Movie in 1993, and in 2007 Tim Acito adapted it for the stage. This souring musical chronicles the dreams and realities of ten diverse African-American women who live in a decaying housing project cut off from the city by a giant wall. Facing an environment full of poverty and prejudice, the women try to overcome their differences and come together as a community to tear down the wall.


Mattie Michael | Davita J. Wesley Vaughn
Etta Mae Johnson | Nedra Dixon*
Kiswana Browne | Erikka Dunn
Cora Lee | Nicole S. Williamson
Lorraine/Church Lady/Fairy | Areli Gil
Tee/Church Lady/Fairy | Chioma Anyanwu
Lucielia | Katie McCreary
Mavis/Mrs. Browne/Bottom | Symone Martin
Sophie/Titania | Lori Wellman
Wanda/Puck | Kelly Newsome McNichols

Conductor/Piano | Anthony T. Edwards
Keyboard | Daniel A. Doss
Percussion | Doug Schroeder
Bass | Ry Kincaid
Guitar | Ryan Wurtz


Director | Jacqueline L. Gafford
Musical Director | Anthony T. Edwards
Choreographer | Nedra Dixon
Stage Manager | Ashley Dover*
Assistant Stage Manager | Tanya Brown*

Scenic Designer | Gary Mosby
Lighting Designer | Jeffrey Cady*
Sound Designer | Roger Stoddard
Costume Designer | Brad Shaw

Properties Designer | Paula Pearson
Associate Lighting Designer | David J. Diaz
Sound Board Operator | Kyle Crose
Set Construction | Glenn Lewis