Barber Shop Chronicles

December 3 – 7, 2019

Alternate Title Barbershop Chronicles
Production Language English
Country of Origin Nigeria, England
Description A sold-out sensation, Barber Shop Chronicles explores the diversity of Black male identity through the intimate community of the barber shop, where African men have gathered for generations to discuss the world and their lives. Inspired by Nigerian-born playwright Inua Ellams’ own experiences as an immigrant, Barber Shop Chronicles follows the conversations and concerns of a group of African men as they interact in six different barber shops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare. The all-male, 12-person cast riffs on topics both personal and political—from family to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity. Music and dance knit together the individual episodes in this fast-paced production. A mastery of humor, pace, and wit, the story takes place over a single day as characters, jokes, and plotlines traverse continents and cultures.
Identifier 2019f.01203
Season Fall 2019
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
author/playwrightInua Ellams
choreographerAline David
consultantPeter Atakpo
director assistant/associateLekan Lawal, Stella Odunlami
electricianRachel Bowen
fight directorKev McCurdy
lighting designerJack Knowles
lighting operatorRachel Bowen
musical directorMichael Henry
production managerMekel Edwards
set designer/decorRae Smith, Catherine Morgan
sound designerGareth Fry
sound operatorLaura Hammond
stage managerCaroline Englander
stage manager assistantEmma Rangel, Stefania Procter
technical assistant/associateAndrew Whiteoak, Anthony Hannah
voice/dialect coachHazel Holder