Pyramid Theatre: Debut X 2

Above: Featured in “Too Heavy for Your Pocket” are (clockwise from top left) Freddie Fulton, Britny Horton, Ryan Collier and Rajaa Camp-Bey.

 


We’ve been fans of Pyramid Theatre Company since it launched five years ago, so we’re eagerly anticipating the company’s new season, which opens Friday, June 7, with “Too Heavy for Your Pocket.” The play chronicles the journey of four Freedom Riders into the Deep South in 1961. Calling it “illuminating and moving,” the New York Times noted the play “dramatizes questions of class difference within the black community that rarely get broached onstage.”

“Too Heavy for Your Pocket” was written by Pyramid co-founder Jiréh Breon Holder, who’s now a writer for NBC-TV in Los Angeles, and will be directed by Tiffany Johnson, who recently was named Pyramid’s producing artistic director.

Pyramid also will present “How I Learned, What I Learned” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Described as provocative, humorous and heartfelt, the one-man autobiographical show chronicles how Wilson’s struggles as a young black artist and his Pittsburgh neighborhood inspired his now-famous plays about the African American experience. The show opens Saturday, June 8.

The two shows will be performed on a rotating basis through June 23 at Stoner Theater in the Des Moines Civic Center. More info and tickets ($20; $36.50 for the season): pyramidtheatre.org.

 

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