No Place to Be Somebody – Unflinchingly Raw

“I have heard this work described before as a play about losers.  I don’t think that’s true.  I do think it is a play about people who are struggling.  It is also about the metropolitan myth of success.” -A quote from Julio Martinez,’ his review of No Place To Be Somebody for @This Stage Magazine. The Robey Theatre Company’s production of No Place To Be Somebody written by Charles Gordone, opened on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown Los Angeles.   Charles Gordone was the first Black American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1970, it is said he was inspired to write this play after working as a bartender in Greenwich Village.  Gritty, edgy, and in your face are often words or phrases used to describe this urban drama, but no matter how you choose to characterize this play, it still hits a cord with audiences today. Before rehearsals began Ben Guillory, Robey Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and director of No Place To Be Somebody, had this to say about the play to the cast and crew: Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to Robey’s first production of the 2016 Spring Season of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  Charles Gordone’s Pulitzer Prize play NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY is rarely performed these days.  The language and extraordinary poetry is rough and in your face...

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