Genre: Comedy, Drama, Dance, Lesbian+Gay, Other
by Shay Youngblood

SHAKIN' THE MESS OUTTA MISERY combines storytelling, music and dance to recount a young black girl's coming of age in the South in the 1960's. Daughter, the 25-year-old narrator whose mother died when she was young, was raised by the women in the community. At the age of 12, she begins her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again reliving her vivid memories of growing up and recalling the lessons she learned.

About the Company: Vital Theatre Company

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people's lives. The company creates stories that challenge its audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue. Programming includes Vital Main Stage, which produces work for adults on the main stage, and Vital Signs New Works Festival, a series of one-act plays. Vital Children's Theatre commissions, develops and produces new musicals performed by adults for families. To date the company has seen 28 plays and musicals go on to publication. Vital Theatre Company's Arts in Education Programs have reached over 60 schools and 15,000 students through live performances, post-show workshops and long-term residencies with schools in! cluding Fordham School for the Arts, New Explorers High School in the Bronx and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.

Preview:   02/10/05
Open:   02/12/05
Close:   03/06/05

Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00PM, Sundays @ 2:30PM and 7:00PM
Theater:   McGinn Cazale Theatre
Address:   2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
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Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors
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