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Pretty Fire

Apr. 28 - May. 21, 2023

Pretty Fire


Howard Drew


By Charlayne Woodard | Directed by Breanna Carodine


A profound celebration of life and the Black experience.

Charlayne Woodard takes us on an intimate and powerful journey through five autobiographical vignettes, each capturing different moments of her life growing up as a rambunctious, imaginative child in the 50s and 60s. From her loving family home in upstate New York, to her first experience with racism at her grandmother’s house in Georgia, Pretty Fire is a beautiful one-woman celebration of life, love and family, even in the face of adversity.

Disclaimer: This production contains depictions of traumatic child birthing, miscarriage, sexual assault, racially charged situations and language, including racial slurs.

Audio described performance – May 13 

About the author: Charlayne Woodard’s first play, Pretty Fire, was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club. It received L.A. Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright. Other plays she’s written include, Neat, In Real Life and Flight. As an actress, Woodard’s theatre credits include In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, for which she received an Obie Award and Fabulation by Lynn Nottage. She was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for her role in the original company of Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Broadway. Woodard was trained at Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actors Studio. Click here to read more.

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