Stagolee and the Funeral of a Dangerous Word
By Thomas Meloncon
The play takes place in an office in a small town in East Texas where the local NAACP chapter is planning a funeral for the “N word”. At the same time, a bigoted white man is on his way to that same office to have a frank discussion with the legendary Stagolee, a black man known for his swagger. The two men have had a fight at their workplace, and this “conversation” is actually a court-ordered intervention, facilitated by a visiting Jewish psychologist. This new play examines different points of view along the racial divide and does so without judgement, ultimately bringing its characters into a better understanding of each other. A world premiere production of nationally recognized Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon’s newest work.
Thomas Meloncon is an Associate Professor of Theatre in the Visual and Performing Art Dept. in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University. He is the author of plays that have been produced nationally and internationally. His poetry publications include Recollections and Poetry in E Minor. His list of plays includes, Johnnie B. Goode published in Acting Up and Getting Down: An Anthology of African American Playwrights of Texas, published by University of Texas Press, The Man Who Saved New Orleans published in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters by John Hopkins University Press. His popular stage plays include The Diary of Black Men, Whatever Happened to Black Love, If Beds Could talk, Jump the Broom, and Where Were You in ’65, to name a few. Mr. Meloncon is the Narrator on the recent Fade to Black “Thank You, Ten” documentary film, celebrating their 10 years of mentoring and producing new African American playwrights from across the U.S. He is the featured poet on several Jazz musical albums, and his folksong, “Ain’t Gonna Wait Too Long” can be heard in season 3 episode 6 of the TV series SNOWFALL. His many awards include The TSU IMPACT Award, TSU COLABS Best Faculty Mentor Award-Theatre, Induction into the Kashmere High School Alumni Hall of Fame, two certificates of Congressional Recognition, A Resolution from The State of Texas, A Bronze Medallion from the City of Houston, the Creative Writing Award from the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist, Community Service Award from the Houston Area Women’s Center, and the Excellence in Community Health Education Award from The Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS
March 30 – April 21, 2024
Previews: March 24, 28 & 29, 2024
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
Tickets: $35 – $59
April 7 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance
Monday, March 4 at 7:30pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Stagolee and the Funeral of a Dangerous Word at our Rice Village location, 2540 Times Blvd. You get to be a fly on the wall for the very first rehearsal, hearing the cast read the play aloud for the first time together. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show. RSVP here.
Sunday, April 7: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with the playwright himself, Thomas Meloncon (see bio above).
Sunday, April 14: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with consultant Tracie Jae, Lead Rebel of The Quiet Rebel. We’ll explore the question, “To whom does language belong?”
Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you are seeing the play that day. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:00pm. Free to all.
Pride Night: Apr. 18 at 6:45pm Join us for our a pre-show Happy Hour & more!
Closing Weekend Party: Apr. 20 in the lobby after the show
Free Beer Fridays, sponsored by Saint Arnold’s! Have a beer on us after the show!