Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Presents
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  
Celebrating His Legacy in Spoken Word and Song

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Booker High School, VPA Theatre

Sponsored by the Dallas & Elizabeth Dort Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Council

In addition to celebrating Dr. King, the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Council and Booker High School will announce their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winner, who will read his or her essay.


Premium Reserved: $35


Adults: $15

Students: $5

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The Amen Corner 

Director: Chuck Smith

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage

January 23 - March 3, 2019

Matinee: 2:00 pm Evening: 7:30

For years, Sister Margaret Alexander has inspired her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety. But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path. The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. 

The Amen Corner is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Ticket Prices

Adult: $45.00
Student/Active Military*: $20.00
*With Valid ID

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WBTT Voices: Who is James Baldwin?
A Conversation About His Life and Ideas

Monday, January 28
5:30-7 PM
WBTT Theatre
1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

A discussion led by Dr. Bernard Watson, with panelists
Nate Jacobs, WBTT Founder/Artistic Director
Chuck Smith, Director of The Amen Corner at WBTT
Dr. Lonnetta Gaines, cast member, The Amen Corner
Dr. Caryl Sheffield
Dr. James B. Stewart

The program is FREE with reserved seating, but
reservations are required.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Photo: James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro, a Magnolia Pictures release
Photo by Bob Adelman

Ticket Prices:

FREE, reservations are required. 

4 ticket limit.

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The Kid is Alright 

Maicy Powell

Monday, February 4, 2019 7:30p

WBTT’s Young Artist Program will kick off with its first 2019 showcase, featuring Maicy Powell in a piece titled "The Kid is Alright." The show will take the audience through the story of her artistic development, highlighting the people who have influenced her as an all-around performer, and how she began her journey at WBTT. All proceeds will go towards funding for her college education.

Ticket Prices

Standard: $25
Sponsor (Preferred Seating in RED): $100

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I Am Not Your Negro
FREE Screenings of the 2016 Documentary

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Thursday, Feb. 14
2-4 PM
WBTT Theatre
1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

Two free screenings of the documentary, produced and
directed by Raoul Peck. James Baldwin tells the story of
race in modern America in the words of his unfinished
novel, Remember This House, read by Samuel L. Jackson.
The film includes clips from interviews and appearances
by Baldwin. Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Critics
Association. The 93-minute film will be followed by a 30-
minute discussion.

The screenings are free with general seating, but
reservations are required. For accessible or wheelchair
seating, call the Box Office at 941-366-1505.
General seating reservations may be made online at

Ticket Prices:

FREE, reservations are required. 

4 ticket limit. 

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Playwright: Jo Morello 

Director: Chuck Smith

WBTT Education and Outreach Building

March 4 – March 5, 2019 ● 7:30 pm

LIL & LOUIS is a unique love story about the “First Couple of Jazz.” The “Hot Miss Lil,” pianist with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, is unimpressed when “Little Louis” Armstrong arrives from New Orleans in 1922, but she soon becomes Satchmo’s second wife (of four) and his star-maker. Watch jazz and theater history come alive in this new play’s final step (script in hand) before full production.

Tickets: $20.00 plus processing fees*

*This is a separately ticketed event, not included in Jazz Festival VIP or Combo Tickets.

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Love Sung in the Key of Aretha

Director: Nate Jacobs

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage

March 13 - April 28, 2019

Matinee: 2:00 pm Evening: 7:30 pm

Created, adapted and directed by Nate Jacobs

Want “R-E-S-P-E-C-T?” Believe that there “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing?” Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. In this original production, we celebrate her masterful artistry, bigger-than-life talent, and remarkable understanding of human relationships. Join us as we pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $45.00
Student/Active Military*: $20.00

*With Valid ID

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Black Or White

Makes My Music Right

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

7:30 PM 

WBTT Theatre

From the Blues to the British Invasion and beyond, this special evening will celebrate the creative cross-fertilization of black and white music. Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry meet the Beatles and the Rolling Stones!
Featuring the Soul Sensations band, with vocalists Ariel Blue, Jnana Cooper, Michael Mendez, Dana Merriwether, Randall Morgan, Leon Pitts and Latraia Savage.

Ticket Prices:

Patron Tickets (Preferred Seats) $150

Reserved Seats $85

Proceeds Benefit WBTT

All Tickets Include Invitation to Pre-Show Reception at 6 PM

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Box Office Information

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(941) 366-1505

ONLINE: www.westcoastblacktheatre.org

Our online box office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

IN PERSON: 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236


MONDAY – FRIDAY: 10:30PM – 4:00PM

SATURDAY: 10:00AM – 2:00PM

Performance Days: 1 hour before curtain by phone or at the will call desk in the theatre 

2018-19 Season Ticket Pricing

Individual Tickets 
Adult: $45
Student/Active Military *: $20
*with valid ID upon request

Season Subscriptions
Adult: $125
Student/Active Military *: $80
*with valid ID upon request


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