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Before It Hits Home


It is a hard look at a difficult issue — how a family reacts to hearing that a member has AIDS, especially when it’s a result of a “Down Low”, bisexual lifestyle.  After learning of his HIV status, Wendal’s two worlds collide: one which revolves around his male and female lovers, the other based in the home of his extended family – his supporting mother, homophobic father, his play aunt, brother and innocent 12 year old son.  After nearly dying of AIDS, Wendal comes home to regain his strength and find comfort, but who in his life will give him the support he so desperately needs?

SEPTEMBER 13 – 29, 2013


50th Anniversary Season 2013-2014


Forever Free


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Common Ground Theatre Presents


In Celebration of Black History Month
and the 150th Anniversary of
the Emancipation Proclamation
Friday, February 22, 2013 7:00 P.M
Educational Cultural Complex
4343 Ocean View Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92113
Admission Free
Donations Accepted
Student Creative Arts Competition.
Call 619 272-3209 for Information

Forever Free Creative Arts Competition


Forever Free Creative Arts Competition

Cash Awards!  Scholarship Awards!







Nativity: A Soulful Celebration

Nativity: A Soulful Celebration

Nativity: A Soulful Celebration


In honor of the 51st anniversary of its Broadway debut, Common Ground Theatre will present a new adaptation of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” on December 1-16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at the Educational Cultural Complex, 4343 Oceanview Blvd. 92113.

“Nativity: A Soulful Celebration” is a soul-stirring musical celebration adapted and directed by Charles Patmon, Jr., that uses narration, dance, spirituals, and gospel music to re-tell the story of Christmas. Louise Pearson, renowned music professor and choir director, is the musical director of “Nativity  Originally written by Langston Hughes, “Black Nativity”  was first performed on Broadway on December 11, 1961. Under Hughes’ pen, the piece is part re-enactment of the birth of Jesus, part church service, and part Christmas concert, composed entirely of gospel versions of traditional carols mixed with a few original tunes as well. Patmon’s new conceptualized version is a testament to the power of gospel music and the story of the Nativity told through the combination of scripture, poetry, dance, and songs that connect today to the time of mangers and swaddling cloths. Each joyous performance  brings the real meaning of faith and love to life for the entire family.

“It is exciting to produce such an historical play,” Director Charles W. Patmon, Jr. said.  “Because Common Ground Theatre is the oldest African American Theatre Arts Company in San Diego, it is befitting that we honor the legacy of Langston Hughes and his work with this production.  We are excited to continue in the tradition of the late director Dr. Floyd Gaffney with such a spectacular piece.”

CGT’s mission is to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate, and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Its purpose is to produce high quality theatrical productions that offer a “common ground” where people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds can interact, connect and share their love of theatre. CGT envisions a culturally diverse, socially relevant, and politically aware theatre organization that nurtures the expertise of amateur and professional artists alike and improves community relations among diverse cultures and underrepresented groups.  Common Ground Theatre is supported by the San Diego Continuing Education Division, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. and generous donations from individuals and organizations.

A portion of the proceeds from the production of “Black Nativity” will provide scholarships for students to attend Common Ground Theatre’s San Diego Theatre Artist Repertory School (STARS) program.  The STARS program is a new initiative created by Common Ground Theatre to build community through the arts by providing students of all ages and abilities with professional, affordable instruction in the performing, fine, and visual arts.  The next session will begin in January 2013.  For a schedule of classes and fees, please contact CGT Administrative Office at (619) 272-3209 or write to Common Ground Theatre,, P. O. Box 152443, San Diego, CA 92195.

“ Nativity”  will perform at the Educational Cultural Complex, 4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113, from December 1-16. A Preview will be held on Friday, November 30, (Free Admission with a toy donation)  and regular performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, December 1, 7-8, and 14-15 at 8:00 p.m., and  Sundays at 2:00 p.m  on  December 2, 9, and 16, .  Ticket prices are $20 for General Admission; $15 for Students/Military/Seniors, and $10 for children under age 12. General Admission discount tickets at $15 each are also available for groups of 10 or more. For more information and individual and group reservations, please contact Common Ground Theatre at (619) 272-2309.


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The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar


October 30, 2011:
“The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar”,  featuring
Dr. Dorothy L. W. Smith reciting selected poems of this Nineteenth and early
Twentieth Century poet, who was the first African American professional poet. Both Standard English and Dialect poems are included in the readings, such as “Sympathy,” Ode to Ethiopia,” “We Wear the Mask,” “Antebellum Sermon,” “Life,” and “When Malindy Sings.”   



And Still I Rise


November 19, 2011:
And Still I Rise,”
Featuring Grandison Phelps III, who performed works of renowned African
American poets Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, and others, accompanied by live
music from Phelps and local San Diego artists, including the songs,
“Summertime.” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and “Strange Fruit.”



Trane, A Noble Journey


February 2010

A STAGED  READING  OF “Trane: A Noble Journey,” by Anthony Smith: an
intimate look at the life of John Coltrane, is written by Anthony Smith,
himself a prolific San Diego musician.  The reading features musician Joshua
White on piano, Doug Walker on Bass, Tim McMahon on Drums, and Earl Vaults on