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World Premiere

February 9 – March 19, 2023 (previews 2/1 – 2/8)

An historic night at the Oscars.
A
dream of what could have been.

Set on the night in 1940 that Hattie McDaniel made history at the Oscars, a story of dreamers striving to overcome considerable obstacles and fighting for recognition amidst the racism and inequity of Hollywood.

IT IS FEBRUARY 29, 1940, the night of the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Bartender Arthur Brooks, an ambitious Black man from rural Alabama, dreams of becoming a movie director. His best friend, Dottie Hudson, is a maid at the Ambassador Hotel who finds herself to be a cynic of all dreams. When the actress Hattie McDaniel stops in at the bar and decides not to attend the biggest event in show business, Arthur and Dottie do everything in their power to convince her to go and claim her historic win—while confronting their dark past and making their own dreams come to life.

This play about race, class, gender, and the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood has previously had public readings at The Echo Theatre Company (featuring TimeLine Company Member Mildred Marie Langford) and Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s New Works Festival. TimeLine’s production is its world premiere.


Boulevard of Bold Dreams runs 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission

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World Premiere

January 21 - February 26, 2022

Relentless is now playing at Goodman Theatre! Learn more …

In this world premiere play developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a centuries-spanning tale of family, legacy, and progress.

Set in the Black Victorian era, Relentless looks at the deep personal secrets we keep to protect the ones we love most. The year is 1919. After the death of their mother, two sisters come home to Philadelphia to settle her estate. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to return to the safe illusion of a perfect life with her husband in Boston. Janet is a single, professional nurse, determined to change history and propel Black women to a place of prominence and respect. After discovering diaries left by their late mother, they find themselves confronted with a woman they never really knew, exposing buried truths from the past that are chillingly, explosively Relentless.

Relentless is the second play developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective to receive a full production. The play received its first public reading as part of our inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival in December 2018.


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Thursday, September 24 at 7pm (CDT)

Although TimeLine’s production of Relentless has been postponed, we can still start the conversation!

Set in 1919, Relentless weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a complicated tale of family, legacy, and progress. Its characters have weathered a great deal—revolution, change, even a pandemic—in ways that we see mirrored in our present day. This live virtual event featured playwright Tyla Abercrumbie, director Ron OJ Parson, and guest panelist La Donna L. Forsgren (Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame) in a conversation moderated by dramaturg Khalid Long. The evening also include scenes from the play performed by cast members Ayanna Bria Bakari, Travis Delgado, and Marguerite Genard.

This FREE & one-night-only event was presented live on YouTube September 24, 2020. An edited version of this program (without the scenes from the play) is available to view now.

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