World Premiere, Berkeley Playhouse
February 11 – March 6, 2016
In 1965, a young woman boldly joins a march to fight for her civil rights. Decades later, another young woman faces her own battle for equality. As their stories collide across time and distance, each must come to terms with who she is in the context of a changing and complicated world. Full of soulful melodies, Bridges is an empowering story that explores our country’s past and present – how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, and the bridges we must cross to get there.
- Arts in Color TALKS: Cheryl L. Davis by Selena Burns, March 5, 2016
- Arts in Color THOUGHTS: Bridges at the Berkeley Playhouse by Selena Burns, February 25, 2016
- ‘Bridges’ tunefully spans decades with civil rights tales, by Leslie Katz, The San Francisco Examiner, February 24, 2016
- Berkeley Playhouse’s ‘Bridges: A New Musical’ is a winner, by Ross Stapleton-Gray, Berkeleyside, February 24, 2016
- Theatre Eddys: “Bridges”, Tuesday, February 23, 2016
- Musical Builds Bridges Between Civil Rights Era and 2008 by Lou Fancher, San Francisco Classical Voice, February 16, 2016
- ‘Bridges’ spans civil rights struggles across the years By Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
- American Theatre: Berkeley Playhouse Announces 2015–16 Season
- Village Theatre Sets Lineup for 2015 Festival of New Musicals
- Playbill.com: New Musical Bridges Will Make World Premiere at Berkeley Playhouse; Season Announced
- Playbill.com: Village Theatre Fest Line-Up Announced
- Cheryl was interviewed in the NAMT New Works News – October 2015
World Premiere, Astoria Performing Arts Center
November 5-21, 2015
A modern-day drama that centers on the friendship of two schoolteachers–one black and one white. Their bond is shaken when one loses her job, and questions of loyalty and unspoken prejudice rise to the surface. This provocative tale challenges us to examine our perceptions of race in contemporary culture.
Reviews & Press:
APAC Presents “Carefully Taught” Through November 21st
“Carefully Taught” is Meticulously Executed: Theater Review By Jody Williams, Contributing Writer for ZEALnyc, Theater News & Reviews, November 7, 2015
Astoria Performing Arts Center to Present World Premiere of CAREFULLY TAUGHT
August 6-8 2015 at Lorna Hopkins Theatre for the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.
2014 AUDELCO Award Winner for Best Set Design (Patrice Andrew Davidson), Director (Jackie Alexander), Playwright (Cheryl L. Davis), Supporting Actor (Nate James (aka Nathan James)), Supporting Actress (Melissa Joyner), Lead Actress (Scottie Mills (aka Sandra Mills Scott)), and Dramatic Production (The Billie Holiday Theatre)!
WORLD PREMIERE – The Billie Holiday Theatre
February 21 – March 30, 2014
Directed by Jackie Alexander
A family is pushed to the breaking point as they struggle to save their beloved matriarch from being robbed of a glorious present by ghosts from her past.
Reviews & Press:
‘Maid’s Door’ is poignant without being manipulative by Susan Gilmor, Winston-Salem Journal (August 7, 2015)
Cheryl L. Davis’ Maid’s Door Sweeps AUDELCOs with 7 Wins; Complete List of 2014 AUDELCO Recipients by Lia Chang (November 19, 2014)
Maid’s Door: Picking up the Pieces When the Most Important Thing in Your Life Shatters The Brooklyn Reader (March 23, 2014)
Billie Holiday Theatre’s “Maids Door” by Bernice Elizabeth Green, Our Time Press (March 29, 2014)
Red Mountain Theatre Company, February 5-8, 2015
in collaboration with poet Sharrif Simmons
Reviews & Press:
Show Review: “Mandela” More Than A Name In History by Mandy Shunnarah (February 5, 2015)
The MLK Project
April 11-14, 2013
Original concept by Keith Cromwell
First act adaptation by Priscilla Hancock Cooper based on
“Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Second act written by Cheryl L. Davis
Produced in collaboration with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.