OEW Delays Opening Of World Premiere Of Musical “Ruby”

ByDavid M. Conte

Jan 4, 2022


Arts & Culture


Pictured: Reverend Charles McKenzie performing excerpts from Dr King’s speeches and writings at a past celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s OEW Photo by Sorcha Augustine

The world premiere of Westcoast Black Theater Troupe’s musical “Ruby”, which was originally slated for the 2019-20 season but delayed due to COVID-19, has again been delayed by the pandemic. Due to positive COVID-19 tests among the production crew on WBTT’s holiday show, “Merry! Merry! ”The last three sold-out performances of this show have been canceled and rehearsals for“ Ruby ”have been suspended in order to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and re-testing. At the time of going to press, the performances of “Ruby” will now begin on January 26th. In addition to delaying the opening of “Ruby”, WBTT has decided to cancel the scheduled January 17 live performance of its “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Celebrating His Legacy”. Instead, WBTT will offer free streaming video from a previous celebration; the show will be available on its website (westcoastblacktheatre.org) from January 17 to 31.

“Positive COVID-19 tests in the last days of ‘Joyful! Joyful!’ were certainly disheartening, especially given that we’re seeing the return of sold-out shows, ”said WBTT Executive Director Julie Leach. “But we’re determined to be flexible and ready for anything, sticking to our #SafeArtsSarasota protocols and doing what we can to keep hosting shows. The theme for this season is’ And we keep going up ‘and we hope to do that in 2022.’

Pictured: Reverend Charles McKenzie performing excerpts from Dr King’s speeches and writings at a past celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s OEW Photo by Sorcha Augustine

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