Directed by Chip Decker
2008 Tony® Award Winner for Best Book of a Musical!
June 5 - 28, 2014
Approximate run time: 2 hours, with one 15-minute intermission
Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, PASSING STRANGE is a heartfelt and hilarious story of a young bohemian focused on experiencing real life through sex, drugs and rock and roll. Journey from middle class black America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond in this daring new musical that crosses the boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention.Buy Tickets! Subscriber Booking Request for Passing Strange
Thursday, June 5 @ 7:30 pm; Pay-What-You-Can
Friday, June 6 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 7 @ 8 pm
Wednesday, June 11 @ 7:30 pm - Opening Night
Thursday, June 12 @ 7:30 pm - Talkback
Friday, June 13 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 14 @ 8 pm
Wednesday, June 18 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 19 @ 7:30 pm - Talkback
Friday, June 20 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 21 @ 8 pm
Sunday, June 22 @ 2:30 pm
Wednesday, June 25 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, June 26 @ 7:30 pm - Talkback
Friday, June 27 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 28 @ 8 pm
A Warning about Passing Strange
If you are insensitive to the struggles of youth, the joy of laughter, or the need to love, PASSING STRANGE is not a show you should attend. If you’ve never been moved by the spirit, or the music, PASSING STRANGE is likely to offend your nature. If you’ve always fit in, never felt out of place, or if you’re just plain normal, PASSING STRANGE will seem an odd, extra-terrestrial odyssey.
It’s come to our attention that a surprising number of people are unfamiliar with this Tony Award Winning Musical. We wanted to be sure all were aware of that this is a rock show with something to say. If you’re looking for a demure little musical with songs about kittens or mittens, you will not find it here. Nor will you find the very model of a modern Major-General. Instead, we have the story of a young man searching through the highs and lows of humanity in order to find himself, along side the reflection of a grown man attempting to understand how his entire adult life was based on a decision made by a teenager.
But, if you have paid attention to the PBS series Great Performances you will know that Spike Lee directed the filming of the Broadway version. Here’s a sample of the smut that passes for art these days:
If you are unaware that rock musicians sometimes engage in sex, take drugs, and use expletives, you will be well informed of these facts by the end of the show. If you are not aware that the young sometimes fail to appreciate the value of family and come to regret it, that too will be evident.
Finally, if you are unaware of the talent and the beauty of the acting community here in Charlotte, you will need no more proof than PASSING STRANGE.
Come, see, listen and feel the most remarkable musical to grace the stages of Charlotte! Go online to www.atcharlotte.org, or call the box office at 704-342-2251 ext. 21 to book your tickets for this eccentric and moving feast of word, song and movement. You will not be disappointed.
Jeremy DeCarlos (NARRATOR) a native of South Carolina and graduate from Winthrop University with a BA in Theater Performance, was previously seen onstage in ATC's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Guitar), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Black Fox), The Whipping Man (John), and Red (Ken). He currently resides in NoDa, where he spends time with his pup, Marley.
Mekhai Lee (YOUTH) has been previously seen in musicals such as SHREK THE MUSICAL (Shrek), THE COLOR PURPLE (Mister), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Peasant), WEST SIDE STORY (Riff), THE MUSIC MAN (Quartet Member) and FOOTLOOSE (Willard) at his high school, Northwest School of the Arts. Some plays include RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (Skelley), and ROMEO AND JULIET (Romeo) also at Northwest. On community stages, he has been in GREASE (Kenickie), SEUSSICAL (Wickersham), GUYS AND DOLLS (Ensemble), and HOW TO SUCCEED (Ensemble).
Ericka Ross (MOTHER).This is Ericka’s second show with Actor’s Theater of Charlotte and she is honored and blessed to be part of this amazing production and stellar cast! A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Ericka has been blessed to be seen in Regional and National Commercials with Lebos, Converse, Dr. Miracles and MTV. She has performed across the country with Theatrical Tours and TV. Most recent credits include Lottie McBride/Carmen Levy Green in "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark", Tennessee in “The Gospel According to Tennessee”, Maria in “9 to5”, Ericka in “Godspell”, and Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”. Ericka wants to give thanks to God, family, and friends! Smooches!
Gerard Hazelton (HUGO, CHRISTOPHE, TERRY) is thrilled to be on the Actor’s Theatre stage. He has performed in productions ranging from experimental theater to major motion picture work. Audiences will remember him from performances in Amiri Baraka’s The Dutchman as Clay, A Rhyme Deferred as Gabe, Children’s Theatre’s The Borrowers as Spiller, Tarzan: the Musical, and LIARS in their Taradiddle tour. He was recently the headlining artist for “I’m An Artist Dammit” an original one-man show, Saul Mackensie in “Greed is Good” an original piece performed for the Center City Literary Festival. His film projects include The Hunger Games and Leatherheads. He would like to thank God and his family for their continuing love and support!! DREAM BIG!!LIVE LOVE!
Kayla Carter (SHERRY, RENATA, DESI) is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at the school she played a wide range of roles in both contemporary and classical plays. Some of her favorites have been Clea in SMASHING, Ruby in KING HEDLEY II and Johnna in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. She is thrilled to be back in Charlotte for the summer before her move to NYC. Love to all my family and friends.
John Watson (MR. FRANKLIN, JOOP, MR. VENUS) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Passing Strange here at Actor's Theater of Charlotte. Actually hailing from the Queen City, John has done many shows down here including Six Degrees of Separation (Paul), Caberet (Ensemble Singer), The Sweetest Thing (Prince) and A Kind Of Alaska (Hornby). He was also seen on the first and second seasons of Gimme the Mike Charlotte! which aired on WCCB in 2004 and 2005. His career took him to New York where he performed in the Broadway Tour of Rent (Benny, Collins) and regionally in Born Blue (Announcer), and Central Avenue Breakdown (Rob). He received his BA in Theater from Davidson College and studied intensively with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Thanks to all of my family and friends for believing in me! Proud member of AEA.
Renee Welsh-Noel (EDWINA, MARIANNA, SUDABEY) is a New York native and long-time Charlotte resident. She is making her Actor’s Theatre debut with Passing Strange. She is currently a junior dance major at UNC Charlotte, and previously attending Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte. Most recently she performed as Anita in Northwest’s production of West Side Story and received a Blumey Award nomination for the role. She would like to thank her most recent acting professor Kelly Mizell for teaching her to pay attention to people and her mother, Michelle, for her undying love and support.
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the organization of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Music Director - Mike Wilkins
Choreographer - Tod A. Kubo
Assistant Director - Martin Wilkins
Directing Intern - Chanel Blanchett
Stage Manager - Carrie Cranford
Assistant Stage Manager- Kelly Truax
Master Carpenter - Mike Snow
Lighting Design - Hallie Gray
Scenic Designer - Chip Decker