WASHINGTON (June 24, 2014) – Award-winning dancer, choreographer and producer Debbie Allen is bringing her latest stage project, Brothers of the Knight home to Washington, DC. The stage play is running July 10th-13th at the Warner Theatre and will feature DC-Metro talent.
Allen recently wrapped a five-city audition tour, including Washington D.C., to find key talent from across the country to perform in the production. According to Allen, “It’s one of the most dynamic productions I’ve ever done.”
The Washington, DC auditions attracted over 600 area youth -- and more than 50 of them will appear in the local production as part of the ensemble cast. Additionally, several DC-area dancers were selected as principal cast members and will travel to Los Angeles to train with Debbie at the renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
The district has been a major part of Debbie Allen’s artistic development, as Allen herself calls Washington, DC her second home. “I am a Howard graduate, co-founder of the Duke Ellington School (alongside Peggy Cooper Cafritz), and an artist in residence at the Kennedy Center,” says Allen. The idea of Brothers of the Knight was born on the Kennedy Center Stage. There is no way this tour would be complete without bringing it home to Washington D.C.”
Brothers of the Knight, a contemporary adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, speaks directly to Allen’s passion of bringing hope to young people and speaking out for the importance of arts education in public schools. “Creativity is what has kept America number one around the world,” Allen says. “We have got to find a way to offer this opportunity to our young people. I’m hoping that this Brothers of the Knight production will highlight why there needs to be more arts education in schools.”
Discounted rates are being offered to the Howard University community. Enter discount code BOTK15DISC at all points of purchase. For more information on Brother’s of the Knight, please visit www.brothersoftheknight.com.
Contributing Writer- Chablis Davis / RSM