The Amen Corner


In a 1950s storefront church in Harlem, Pastor Margaret Alexander rails at her congregation and her teenaged son for their vices. With a gospel choir singing of redemption in one room and her son bonding with his ailing father over their love of jazz in the next, Margaret must face the music herself when a figure from her own troubled past returns. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner tackles the role of the church in the Black community in this landmark work, written immediately after his breakthrough novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. Whitney White, winner of the Susan Stroman Director Award, makes her STC directorial debut in this powerful production rich with music, humanity, and Baldwin’s lyrical prose.

Presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$30 - $120

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Box Office Phone: 202-547-1122

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/11/2020 - 03/15/2020
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Performer Role
Mia Ellis Margaret Alexander
Harriett D Foy Odessa
Antonio Michael Woodard David
Chiké Johnson Luke
E. Faye Butler Sister Moore
Deidra LaWan Starnes Sister Boxer
Phil McGlaston Brother Boxer
Lauryn Simone Sister Sally
Nova Y. Payton Sister Douglass
Jade Jones Sister Rice
Marty Austin Lamar Brother Davis
Tristan André Parks Brother Washington
Jasmine M. Rush Ida Jackson
Theodore Sapp Choir
Francese __ Choir
Nia-Ayana Meeks Choir
Robert E. Person Choir
Production Personnel
James Baldwin
Whitney White
Costume Designer
Andy Jean
Set Designer
Daniel Soule
Sound Designer
Broken Chord
Musical Director
Victor Simonson
Lighting Designer
Adam Honoré
Broken Chord


Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Getting There

  • Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red Lines)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Theater discount at nearby garage


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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