When January Feels Like Summer
by Cori Thomas
directed by Chuck Patterson
originally produced at City Theatre,
through April 11, 2010
Hindi goes hip-hop in the hilarious street-smart comedy When January Feels Like Summer by Cori Thomas. The dangers of sexual deviancy, the threat of global warming, the quest for companionship, and the magical powers of Lord Ganesha bring two homeboys, an African American sanitation worker, and an East Indian shopkeeper and her transgendered brother together one warm January in this comic play with serious overtones.
I have rarely been as excited about a new voice in the American Theatre scene or a new play that is going to be on our stage as I am about Cori Thomas and When January Feels Like Summer. We look forward to introducing a new writer to our audience and engaging them in a conversation about racial, cultural and gender inclusion. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Thomas’s play is the way that it brings together a disparate group of characters who are different from one another in age, race, ethnicity, education, class and gender orientation and preference. Too often, American plays reflect the experience or perspective of a single segment of society, but one of this play’s strengths is its broad spectrum of characters and the extraordinary things that happen when they cross paths. In addition, Thomas’s vivid and engaging storytelling technique, as well as her facility at threading powerful ideas through the play, enables her to address resonant themes – about inclusion, the power of following one’s dreams and of being true to oneself -- without ever seeming preachy.
Set Design:Anne Mundell
Lighting Design:Allen Hahn
Sound Design:Rob Kalpowitz
Costume Design:Ange Vesco
National Endowment for the Arts, The Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts