A Call to Conscience presents Live at the Club Riviera, an original screenplay written by local playwright Freeman Word, presented Thursday, June 23 through Friday, June 24 at the Grandel Theater in St. Louis, Missouri.
Directed by Thomasina Clarke, Live At The Club Riviera features The Point of View Jazz Ensemble & The North County Big Band under the direction of Harvey Lockhart, with choreography by Vivian Watt.
The Live At The Club Riviera cast will include Glynis Brooks, Rodney Carpenter, Gregory Carr, Sieglinda Fox, Marleena Garris, Ahmad Haynes, Joshua Mayfield and Stephen Williamson.
Live at the Club Riviera is a defining portrait of one of the most important but most misunderstood entertainment venues in St. Louis history. Compete with the Cotton Club in Harlem; Club Riviera was the largest black-owned nightclub in Missouri. This reflects a time in black history when professional entertainers snubbed in white clubs would come to Club Riviera to perform as a way to protest against the white establishment. Many black artists refused to perform in white clubs that discriminated against black citizens. Civil rights activist Jordon W. Chambers, the creation of Club Riviera, provided black coaches with a safe and responsive venue for black cultural and musical tastes, while including white performers who chose to perform for black audiences . The play also highlights the political work of Jordan W. Chambers who worked to improve the lives of black people and was instrumental in integrating the Circuit Court and the St. Louis Housing Authority. He continued to work for civil rights until his death.
The show will take place at the Théâtre Grandel. The address is 3610 Grandel Square St. Louis, MO. 63103, from Thursday 23 to Friday 24 June 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: Tickets will be $20 on Thursdays ~ $35 on Fridays ~ $30 for seniors/students. Tickets can be purchased at Metrotix.
A Call to Conscience was founded by a group of women graduates of the Community Arts Training (CAT) program sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, Missouri. We are a multi-generational, female-led organization, and women are in the majority at all levels of the organization and on the board. C2C’s mission is to raise awareness in our community and facilitate social change. The productions foster unity and create an environment for healthy debate, self-expression, and collaboration, not just for the actors, but for the entire viewing community. Serving as a catalyst for activism within marginalized communities, the society presents thought-provoking original works that engage audiences in thought-provoking conversations and exchange of ideas about racism, police brutality, poverty, gender disparities health and gender inequality. C2C believes in taking risks and inspiring people to participate in live theater regardless of their personal means. The company celebrates the curiosity of our community and we believe that theater is an important tool to help develop empathy, open the door to self-reflection, introspection and give the watching audience something to think about when they away from the theatre.