Howard University Department of Theater Arts and Shakespeare Theater Company Announce College Night and Special Performance on February 22

WASHINGTON- Howard University students Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Department of Theater Arts Musical Theater Area will perform a special performance of his upcoming musical production Pippin apple, at the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Sidney Harman Hall on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m., as part of the company’s month-long series of events and special programs, titled, Amen, Baldwin! : A lively celebration. The department, along with the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies and local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets, will celebrate the legacy and impact of James Baldwin through events supporting the Shakespeare Theater Company production The Amen Corner, Baldwin’s groundbreaking drama that had its world premiere at Howard University in 1955.

The Department of Theater Arts has worked closely with the Shakespeare Theater Company to create a University night for artists from local colleges and universities, to attend the screening of The Amen Corner and catch a glimpse of other student artists from Howard University during a performance in the lobby with excerpts from Pippin apple. Audience members are invited to stay after both performances for a moderated discussion with local faculty members and members of The Amen Corner to throw. According to the Shakespeare Theatre, tickets for College Night will be offered at a special price for all local students with active student ID cards. For more information on tickets, visit

Beginning Tuesday, March 3, Howard University’s Department of Theater Arts presents Pippin apple, an original Broadway production that follows one man’s journey as he explores what it means to live an extraordinary life. Under student leadership Rickey Ramon as director, Brittany Johnson as musical director, and Lashwanda Batts as choreographer, the Department promises a story filled with spectacle, excitement, and drama. For more information on tickets and performance dates, visit

As part of the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Amen, Baldwin!: A Living Celebration, which runs through March, the company announced two additional collaborations with local restaurant chain Busboys & Poets and the Center for Hellenic Studies. Visit for all the details.



The Shakespeare Theater Company produces and presents the highest quality classic theater productions across all genres, bringing them to life in a provocative, imaginative and accessible style. With Shakespeare at its core, we explore plays of national and international relevance – those with deep themes, complex characters and heightened language – through a contemporary 21st century lens. We expand the repertoire of classic theater in America by reviving and commissioning adaptations and translations of important forgotten works. We create impactful and responsive arts education and community engagement programs to connect audiences to the significance of classic works and themes. We provide a home for leading classical artists and a training ground for the next generation of theater artists and arts administrators. For more information, visit


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 fields leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and over 70 Fulbright Scholars. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

Media contact: Ramzey Smith, Academic Communications Office, [email protected]

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