Knock Me a Kiss

L to R: André De Shields as W. E. B. Du Bois, Marie Thomas as Nina Du Bois, Erin Cherry as their daughter, Yolande, and Sean Phillips as Countee Cullen.

Knock Me a Kiss is well-known, real-life story: how in 1928 Yolande Du Bois (Erin Cherry), only child of W.E.B. Du Bois, marries the poet Countee Cullen (Sean Phillips) in the wedding of the century. The marriage quickly falls apart, apparently after Cullen tells his new wife that he prefers men.

The production won nine 2011 Audelco Awards: Best Play; Lead Actor, André De Shields; Supporting Actress, Marie Thomas; Playwright, Charles Smith; Director, Chuck Smith; Lighting, Shirley Prendergast; Costume, Ali Turns; Scenic Design, Anthony Davis; Sound, Bill Toles.

Presented as part of the 2010-11 Season

Play opened November 21, 2010 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Charles Smith
Director Chuck Smith
Stage Manager Bayo
Asst. Stage Manager Rosita Timm
Set Designer Anthony Davidson Anthony Davidson
Lighting Designer Shirley Prendergast
Costume Designer Ali Turns
Sound Designer Bill Toles
Casting Director Lawrence Evans Lawrence-Evans
Actor Erin Cherry
Actor André De Shields
Actor Gillian Glasco
Actor Morocco Omari
Actor Sean Phillips
Actor Marie Thomas

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