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Old Black & White Hollywood

April 16 - May 16, 2021

  • By ShaWanna Renee Rivon

  • Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene



Hollywood, 1954. Black comedienne Doris Jean is performing at an after-hours club and catches the eye of producer Samuel Stahr. His T.V. show featuring a former radio star is floundering; Doris Jean may be just what The Eva Rose Show needs. Doris refuses to play a maid and is cast as one anyway. But the two women connect and make a delightful comedy duo. Still, how high can a talented Black woman rise in old black and white Hollywood? A new play by Houston author and former LA actor ShaWanna Renee Rivon.

In February, Alley Theatre Director of New Work Elizabeth Frankel chatted with Houston playwright ShaWanna Renee Rivon about her two exciting new plays this spring. Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

"Alley Playwright Mines Old Hollywood’s Shortcomings for Laughs — and Hope"
Houston City Book

Before you watch the performance, the program provides cast bios, sponsor backgrounds, and further reading. Read.

Viewing party event

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. CT
Please join us for a live viewing party on Zoom followed by an Alley Chat with the playwright and director moderated by Director of New Work Liz Frankel. We will gather together virtually and experience this new play together. This event is free but registration in advance is required. Register here


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Associate Producers

Associate Producers

Alley All New Producer

Alley All New Associate Producer

Alley All New Associate Producer

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