Robeson Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season Closes with Blackberry Daze

Writer, actor, director Thomas W. Jones II closes out Paul Robeson Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season with Blackberry Daze May 4 thru 27. The founder of Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, he led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States.

His work as writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally, having received 48 Washington DC Helen Hayes Award nominations and winning 15 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams’ Home and his own Bessie’s Blues. He has also received three New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, NAACP Phoenix Award, among others. In 2000 Jones and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently a musical theatre company VIA Theatrical. His most recent works include Three Sistahs, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, Bricktop, Heart ‘n’ Soul, Love Johnny, A Cool Drink A Water, Holler and Sheddin’.

Tom’s musical Cool Papa’s Party completed a workshop in New York with Wayne Brady. He recently directed Kandi Burress’ musical A Mother’s Love, Only Just a Minute and Mary Honey B. Morrison’s play Single Husbands. Tom is also working on several exciting projects including A Musical Evening with Frankie Lymon and Blackberry Daze, opening on stage at the Robeson Theatre this weekend. –

About the Play

– It is the end of “The Great War”, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. ¬¬ The ensemble cast includes Latosha Payton, Danielle Green, Sandra Gilliam, Tifani Wofford, Ayana Williams, Augustus Donaldson Jr. and Fisher

Blackberry Daze runs May 4 – May 27, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. with audience talk-back after the production on Sundays. The Sunday May 20th the production is SOLD OUT! For more information call the Paulette D. Harris, Artistic Director at (716) 884-2013 x 103 or stop by the African American Cultural Center at 350 Masten Avenue. You can also visit them on the web at