Presented in association with Congo Square Theatre
Written and Performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr.
Directed by Derrick Sanders
Scenic Design: Courtney O’Neill
Costume Design: Dede Ayite
Lighting Design: Alan C. Edwards
Projection Design: Mike Tutaj
Sound Design: Christopher M. LaPorte
Stage Manager: Katrina Herrmann
First Performance March 17, 2017
Opening March 24, 2017
Final Performance April 16, extended through April 23, 2017
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This powerful one-man show is based on the life of ’70s soul singer and composer Donny Hathaway, perhaps best known for his duets with Roberta Flack, “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where is the Love?” Twisted Melodies is an immersive and crushing play about the brilliant musician’s compelling inner struggle. Torn between the muses that inspire him and the mental illness that torments him, Hathaway evaluates the choices in his life in a gripping performance by Kelvin Roston, Jr.
“This play first got on my radar during its run at Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre, where Kelvin is an Artistic Associate,” said Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei- Armah. “When we brought Kelvin to Baltimore and he ran through the show for us in the bare rehearsal space, he lit up the room. In this piece, Kelvin channels Donny Hathaway in a most honest and epic portrayal of a man whose story—let alone mind—eludes us all. People familiar with Donny Hathaway and his impact on American music understand the importance of getting this right.”
“Roston is totally convincing as Hathaway.”—Chicago Tribune
Gina Jun – DC Metro Theater Arts
Ingeniously directed by Derrick Sanders, Twisted Melodies is a multi-faceted, one-man show written and performed by Kelvin Roston, Jr. that delves deep into Hathaway’s debilitating day-to-day struggles and life-long negotiation with paranoid schizophrenia.