Take it From the Top

Miss Dee has written an inspirational parable, with more than a hint of “Green Pastures” in it. In this case, De Lawd is called Almight; and he is played by Ossie Davis who, incidentally, played an Angel in the 1951 revival of “Green Pastures.”

Almight, discouraged with the state of the world, is inclined to destroy it, but he sends down an angel — played by Miss Dee — to round up the few good souls around. She takes on her mission with zeal; from rounding up, she goes on to converting, and almost manages to save everybody.

Her antagonists are a sinister capitalist who runs the Kuhnchase Bank, and the frivolousness and gullibility of the crowd of characters who represent humanity and who inhabit Twin‐Bit Gardens, a kind of Everyslum. – NY Times Review

Presented as part of the 1979-80 Season

Play opened January 19, 1979 at the Henry DeJur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Ruby Dee
Director Ossie Davis
Musical Director Guy Davis
Choreographer Kimee Joyce
Stage Manager Dwight R. B. Cook
Set Designer Michael Fish
Lighting Designer Shirley Prendergast
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Actor Lou Myers
Actor Ruby Dee
Actor Ossie Davis
Actor Jack Landrón
Actor David Van Fleet
Actor Kimee Joyce
Actor Raymond Stough

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