NY PREMIERE
Barber Shop Chronicles
Dec 3—Dec 8, 2019
 
Theater

Barber Shop Chronicles
Fuel/National Theatre/Leeds Playhouse
By Inua Ellams
Directed by Bijan Sheibani

BAM DEBUT

 

Lagos. Johannesburg. Accra. Kampala. Harare. London.

Six radically different cities, all united by a familiar place where you can get more than just a good trim. Barber Shop Chronicles conjures the sacred space where discussion ranges from politics to family to soccer to Tupac.

Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams weaves a rich tapestry of unfiltered stories about father-son relationships and black masculinity, set to an Afrobeat score. This runaway international sensation is “a joyous piece of theatre” (The Independent).

Come early and join the cast onstage with music, mingling, and dancing. The party continues after the show with a photo booth and pop-up photo exhibition, plus DJs curated by OkayAfrica and Okayplayer on Friday and Saturday evenings!

 

Design by Rae Smith
Lighting design by Jack Knowles
Movement direction by Aline David
Casting direction by Louis Hammond CDG
Sound design by Gareth Fry
Casting direction by Louis Hammond CDG

Presented with support from the British Council
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre.
Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre Studio, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Oran Morand A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

 
Recommended for ages 14+
 
RUN TIME
1hr 45min
VENUE
TICKET INFO
TICKETS START AT  $35
 
ACCESSIBILITY

Thursday, December 5 performance features Open Captioning by c2. For more information and access to specific seating locations, contact BAM ticket services at info@BAM.org or 718.636.4100.

Saturday, December 7 at 2pm performance features ASL interpretation. Learn more at HandsOn.org.

 
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Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Barber Shop Chronicles
EVENT
DJ ¡eli! presented by Okayplayer
Elijah Watson is a News and Culture Editor at Okayplayer, where he writes about music and social justice issues. He will be curating the post-show party tunes on Saturday, December 7 (evening performance only) in the Campbell Lobby.
EVENT
DJ Buka presented by OkayAfrica
Born in Queens, DJ Buka is one of New York City’s foremost Afrobeat DJs. After a trip to Nigeria to connect to his Igbo culture, DJ Buka started mixing various genres—everything from jazz, EDM, reggae, house, and more. He will keep the party moving from the stage to the Campbell Lobby on Friday, December 6.
Barber Shop Chronicles
VISUAL ART
You Next Photo Exhibition
In 2018, photographer Antonio Johnson embarked on a trip around the United States to gather images and stories from barber shops. The result is “You Next”, an intimate photographic exploration of this sacred space. A selection of Johnson’s project will be on display throughout the run of Barber Shop Chronicles.
“throbs with energy and heat...This is a show full of sadness and great joy.”
— THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)
“[Feels like] an impromptu jam session or block party that’s moved indoors because of rain.”
— LOS ANGELES TIMES
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