Rose McClendon: Harlem’s Gift to Broadway

Rose McClendon is based on the life of the great African-American stage actress who was in 11 Broadway shows, including the original company of Porgy, playing the role of Serena more than 2000 times. Other credits were Justice, In Abraham’s Bosom, Deep River and Mulatto, written especially for her by poet Langston Hughes. At the time, she was called the “Dark Duse” and the “Sepia Barrymore.”

Presented as part of the 1998-99 Season

Play opened April 14, 1999 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Vinie Burrows
Director Douglas Turner Ward
Choreographer Louis Johnson
Set Designer Kent Hoffman
Lighting Designer Antoinette Tynes Antoinette Tynes
Costume Designer Anita Ellis
Sound Designer Tim Schellenbaum
Props Babatunji Browne
Actor Vinie Burrows

All 1998-99 Season productions: