Using themes from Shakespeare’s Othello, M’Balia Singley confronts her experience as a Black woman in America with equal parts humor and honesty in this brand-new theatrical work. Turn weaves original songs, comedy, and engrossing stories into a performance that is both sweeping and intimate. From societal expectations to relatable family dysfunction, Singley turns to the unlikely 16th century play and finds connections to our 21st century lives.
The Kimmel Center is proud to present the world premiere of Turn, which was conceived during the artist's time as a Kimmel Center Theater Residency artist in June 2018. The Kimmel Center’s Theater Residency Program is created to help support theater artists create new work in partnership with Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. The Theater Residency program is generously supported by the Lida Foundation.
Written, Composed, and Performed by M’Balia Singley
Directed by Starfire (Christina May)
Lighting Design by Peter Whinnery
Set Design by Angela Faranda
Costume Design by Rosemarie McKelvey
Music Direction by Jimmy Coleman
Arrangements by Keith Giosa
Band: Stan Davis and Mateo Gloistein
Stage Managed by Melody Wong