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Crumbs from the Table of Joy

by Lynn Nottage

directed by Tyrone Phillips

October 4 – November 18

Playing Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
Call 773.338.2177 to make your reservation.
Run Time: 2 Hours (with one intermission)
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a journey toward independence and a challenging future.

Raven Theatre opens its 18/19 season with this sharp and boisterous play from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) about family, faith, and revolution.

Lynn Nottage received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Award nominations for her play Sweat. For her play Ruined, she received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama, along with an Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Her other plays includeIntimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); FabulationOr the Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award; Playwrights Horizons, London’s Tricycle Theatre);Las MeninasMud, River, StonePor’Knockers and Poof! Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, and the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.

Tyrone Phillips is the founding Artistic Director of Chicago's Definition Theatre Company. Named one of the Chicago Tribune's “Hot New Faces of 2015” and Newcity's “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago,” he is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he received his BFA with honors. Directing credits include the critically-acclaimed production ofByhalia, Mississippi (Joseph Jefferson Awards nomination), which remounted to open the Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, Dutchman (Definition Theatre), The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights (Writers Theatre), 33 to Nothing (A Red Orchid Theatre), Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea (Illinois Theatre), We the People, Our TownLord of the FliesThe Tempest (Niles North Theatre). You also may have seen his work as associate director for Red Velvet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and as the assistant director for Trevor the MusicalParade and The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers Theatre). Tyrone also studied abroad at Shakespeare’s Globe and was an emerging professional resident at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he worked on A Raisin in the SunThe Mountaintop, and Clybourne ParkTyrone is represented by Grossman and Jack Talent and was recently selected as one of Newcity's “Players - the 50 leaders of Chicago’s theater, dance, opera and comedy culture of 2018”.


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    "A warmhearted revival. Grab the crumbs while the grabbing is good!"

    Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
  • "Luminous... Magnificent... Uncannily timely."

    Hedy Weiss, WTTW
  • "Highly recommended! We are sixty years removed from the world of this play. Yet we are evermore connected to it."

    Amanda Finn, Newcity Stage
  • "One of the best. A humane and heartfelt memory play that features marvelous acting."

    Sarah Bowden, Theatre By Numbers
  • "Recommended. An entertaining, thought-provoking… production that’s sure to linger in the heart and mind of every theatergoer."

    Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review


Chanell Bell as Ernestine Crump
Brianna Buckley as Lily Ann Green
Brandi Jiminez Lee as Ermina Crump
Terence Sims as Godfrey Crump
Emily Tate as Gerte


Jalyn Greene as Ermina Crump
Tarina Bradshaw as Lily Anne Green
Ti Nicole Danridge as Ernestine Crump
Sam Bianchini as Gerte
Barry Irving as Godfrey Crump

Creative Team

Director: Tyrone Phillips
Set Designer: Arnel Sancianco
Lighting Designer: Kathy A. Perkins
Costume Designer: Christine Pascual
Wigs Designer: Megan Pirtle
Props Designer: Mealah Heidenreich
Sound Designer: Matt Test
Choreographer: Jon Martinez
Dialect Coach: Eva Breneman
Technical Director: Bobby Huggins
Stage Manager: Wilhelm Peters
Assistant Stage Manager: Sapier Weinglass

Audience Events

Call 773.338.2177 to make your reservation.