"Knock Me A Kiss" is a fictionalization based on actual people and events. In 1928, rising swing band leader Jimmie Lunceford pursues the affections of beautiful Yolande DuBois, daughter of W.E. DuBois, 20th Century America's first Black public intellectual and co-founder of NAACP. While Yolande likes Jimmie, she also finds him somewhat coarse. She instead chooses betrothal to her father's choice for her, the educated, refined poet Countee Cullen, a major American literary figure. The impending nuptials are a social event of the first magnitude, a union of Black American royalty at the height of the Harlem Renaissance.
All is not well, however. Yolande learns that Countee's truest affections and his heart belong to another. Yolande wonders if she should give Jimmie another chance. The title of Charles Smith's play "Knock Me A Kiss" is taken from a popular song of the swing era composed by Mike Jackson and Andy Razaf.
Charles Smith is an award-winning playwright and a founding member of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. He is an alumni playwright of the Tony Award-winning New Dramatists in New York, and Head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University.
Dwain A. Perry directs the new production. His previous directing credits for Robey Theatre Company include "The River Niger" and "Permanent Collection." Also an actor, he appeared in "Camp Logan," "Bronzeville," and "Anna Lucasta." His cast for "Knock Me A Kiss" includes Ben Guillory, Rosie Lee Hooks, Jason Mimms, Toyin Moses, Ashlee Olivia and Keir Thirus.
Robey Theatre Company, under the artistic directorship of Ben Guillory, is Los Angeles' most-awarded Black theatre company. It is located at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre 4, 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
"Knock Me A Kiss" runs through Sunday, May 4. Regular show times: Thursday - Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Admission: $30. Students, Seniors, Veterans: $20. A limited number of tickets will be available for $10 on Thursdays. Discounted tickets are also available to LATC Members.
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