The mission of our Sol Series is to amplify the voices of people of color and diversity by bringing forward important stories of heritage, culture, and diverse perspectives to the American theatre scene and the souls of all mankind. Its goal is not just to produce BIPOC Stories, but also to make theater programs and education accessible to marginalized people in our community, and to hold monthly Town Hall meetings to facilitate important conversations. Working hand in hand with our youth programming, we incorporate BIPOC education into our Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, so the next generation can be free of the systemic issues that have plagued our society since the dawn of this country.
Curated by Najee A. Brown, prolific playwright and activist, the Sol Series is not just a major component of our Mainstage programming. It spans our entire community, with initiatives such as “Savor the Sol”, a collaborative community kitchen project intended to infuse food, culture, and relief during hard times. Created through a partnership with The Black Trumpet, a local foodie destination, Savor the Sol is an effort designed to feed a community in need, body and soul, with good, nutritious, and culturally significant food in an affordable way during the pandemic we are all living through together.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre is dedicated to attracting and hiring more BIPOC employees, independent contractors, performers, and designers, not just for our Sol Series, but throughout every branch of our organization. Diversity in casting and production teams is not limited to skin color or racial background, but includes a rainbow of gender identity, sexual identity, and disability. Being inclusive of a broad spectrum of identities is not to us a “creative concept”, but simply a reflection of the world around us that we have found to be deeply appreciated by our audiences. At Seacoast Repertory Theatre, it is our goal to normalize “untraditional” casting, create an environment that celebrates the stories of all people, and present work with original viewpoints that challenges the expectations of our core demographic.
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Sol Series Events
September 28th - November 23rd
September 29 – November 3
The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. Interlaced with more than a dozen musical numbers are salty, often humorous, reminiscences, projecting a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
October 12th - December 7th
NEW SZN - Artist Showcase
What People are Saying
“We have been members for many years and have enjoyed each moment”“We have been members for many years and have enjoyed each moment. The dedication, talent and professionalism of each and every performer, not to mention all the support staff is truly amazing. Love you all.”
“Wish we had discovered the theater earlier.”“We saw In the Heights last spring and it was so good – we were hooked. We traveled from Portland to see Tommy, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Carol, West Side Story and Once. Every show was amazing – wish we had discovered the theater earlier.”
“I can’t say enough about the Rep — it is worth the trip EVERY time! ”“I have seen a handful of shows at Seacoast and have never left disappointed. As a lifelong theater nut who is also a musical director and music teacher, I am always impressed with the professional level of this little gem of a company from the sets to costumes to the INCREDIBLE talent displayed every time. Favorites so far are Avenue Q, Titanic, Spamalot, and Once — but I am sure that list will continue to grow. I can’t say enough about the Rep — it is worth the trip EVERY time!”
“Such an amazing assortment of shows and talent displayed.”“My husband has gifted me tickets to a couple of shows here, once as a date with him and once as a date with our oldest daughter. Both were as different as they could possibly be but each was amazing in their own rights. Such an amazing assortment of shows and talent displayed.”