This is an exciting time for Karamu House!

When we announced our 2017/18 theatre season at our Groundbreaking last Spring, we expected the long-awaited renovation of the Jelliffe and Arena theatres to keep us from presenting our exciting mainstage series at Karamu.


After working with our architects and construction teams, we were able to revamp the renovation timeline.  We are thrilled to share our entire 102nd theatre season will be produced on site at Karamu!


We opened this season with the regional premiere of SIMPLY SIMONE: THE MUSIC OF NINA SIMONE—based on the life and legacy of Nina Simone—a true American icon, and were pleased to once again work with Ensemble Theatre to produce the Ohio premiere of THE LAKE EFFECT—written by Cleveland Heights native Rajiv Joseph.



Here’s what we have in store for the remainder of the season…


· the world premiere of A HOLIDAY JAZZ REVUE AT KARAMUan original Jazz musical revue featuring everyone’s favorite Holiday classics,

· the regional premiere of SASSY MAMAS—a delightful romantic comedy about three women of a certain age who end up pursuing much (...much!) younger men,

· the American premiere of THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD, a hilarious adaptation based on the George Bernard Shaw short story,

· and PASSING STRANGE—a highly-original coming-of-age rock musical that follows the story of a young, African-American man on his quest to find “the real.”


If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to purchase a season subscription to ensure you have a reserved seat for each of our plays. We look forward to    seeing you in June 2018 for the Grand Opening of the newly-renovated Jelliffe Theatre.  (Stay tuned for more information about our festivities leading up to the Grand Opening!)


Until then, be inspired, be thrilled, and be a part of Karamu 2.0 as we set the stage for the next 100 years! Thank you for your continued support!




Tony F. Sias
President + CEO


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