THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN
Book, Music & Lyrics by Kirsten Childs
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Choreography by Byron Easley
Obie Award winners Kirsten Childs and Robert O’Hara, the writing/directing duo behind the Lortel Award-winning Bella: An American Tall Tale, will once again team up to bring The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin to the regional stages after its revival as part of the 2017 City Center Encores. Bubbly was originally produced at Playwright's Horizons in 2000 starring Tony Award winner, La Chanze, for which Kirsten was awarded an Obie for her music & lyrics, and an AUDELCO for Outstanding Musical Creator.
Bubbly is the hopeful and humorous coming-of-age story that follows Viveca Stanton as she navigates the confusing worlds of racism, sexism and Broadway showbiz, always with a bubbly smile, until she’s forced to face the devastating effect self-denial has had on her life.
MAC is currently securing engagements for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
+ Kirsten Childs, Books, Music & Lyrics
Kirsten Childs is the award-winning writer of the musicals The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Miracle Brothers, Fly (with Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman), Funked Up Fairy Tales, and Bella: An American Tall Tale (directed by Robert O’Hara). Bella: An American Tall Tale received its world premiere in the 2016-2017 season at Dallas Theater Center, with a co-production at Playwrights Horizons, NYC. Bubbly Black Girl was recently produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East in the U.K. and at City Centers Encores! Off-Broadway. For her work Kirsten’s received Obie, Kleban, Larson, Richard Rodgers, Audelco, and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla awards, as well as Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. She’s currently working on a commissioned project for The New Group with writer/director Gordon Greenberg. Kirsten has written for Disney Theatricals, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the New Electric Company, City Center Encores!, Works and Process @ Guggenheim Museum, and Premieres/Inner Voices under the producership of Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director of the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. She also collaborated with Charlayne Woodard on the musical Grace for Inner Voices: Solo Musicals. She’s an adjunct professor in NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, and a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.
+ Robert O'Hara, Director
Robert O'Hara directed the 2017 City Center Encores production of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, starring Nikki M. James. He is the writer and director of Bootycandy, which has had productions at Playwrights Horizons, the Wilma Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. He also directed the 2016-2017 co-production of Kirsten Child's, Bella: An American Tall Tale with Dallas Theater Center and Playwrights Horizons. He has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obie Awards, and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild With Happy, as well as his own plays, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. He has also written Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth) and Barbecue (The Public Theater). Robert has also worked as playwright or director at American Conservatory Theater, Alley Theater, Arena Stage, Alliance Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, McCarter Theater Center, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and many more.
+ Byron Easley, Choreography
Byron Easley most recently choreographed The Bubbly Black Girl for City Center Encores. Other credits include Unison (World Premiere), The Wiz and A Comedy of Errors for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. New York credits include X (By Marcus Gardley; New York Premiere), The Tempest (Harlem Classical Theatre), A Band of Angels (2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show), Langston in Harlem (SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award and an Audelco Award). Nominated for the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Choreography in Arena Stage’s production of Five Guys Named Moe. Other honors include Suzi Bass Awards for the Alliance Theatre’s productions of Jelly’s Last Jam and Sophisticated Ladies. Byron is an associate arts professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
ABOUT THE SHOW
+ Awards & Nominations
- 2001 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations for Outstanding Musical, Choreographer, and Costume Design
- 2001 Obie Award to Kirsten Childs for Music & Lyrics
- 2000 AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Musical Creator and Musical Director
+ Production History
- New York City Center Encores Series, July 26-27, 2017
- Playwright's Horizons, May 09, 2000–July 09, 2000