** 2020 HELEN HAYES NOMINEE **
** 2019 CHARM CITY FRINGE WINNER “BEST OF FRINGE” **
FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO features a New Orleanian science teacher turned rhyme speaker (Drew Anderson) and a dreadlock-rocking Southeast DC b-boy (Dwayne Lawson-Brown) who together conjure a dynamic cauldron of hip hop, poetry, and theatre. They dig into what it means to be authentic, question the culture and politics of today, and ultimately celebrate love and the search for home. Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for its world premiere at Keegan in DC and named “Best of Fringe” at the Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, this fall’s production of FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO is directed by Duane Richards II and features new material that responds to our modern moment and resonates with a worldwide audience.
“Through the eyes of the Black Boy from the Youngin from South East (S.E.) or the Wodi from NOLA, [Dwayne and Drew] extend a candid open invitation into the mind and heart of “him” that really is like every person’s coming of age … a rare interpretation of Urban Culture.”
— DC Theatre Scene on the 2019 world premiere production at Keegan