Passing Strange

Photos by Shawnte Sims, featuring the cast of Passing Strange: Charles Grant, Jasonica Moore, LaRhonda Steele, Lauren Steele, Delphon ‘DJ' Curtis Jr, Andrea Vernae & Jealani Kee. Photos also feature members of the Live Band: Kennedy Verrett, Pierre Carbuccia Abbott, Zanny Geffel & Daysmel (AKA Dice) Muniz.

Passing Strange

Book and Lyrics by Stew

Music by Stew with Heidi Rodewald

Created in Collaboration with Annie Dorsen

April 17 – May 26, 2024

Directed by Rodney Hicks

Content Advisory:

Passing Strange contains adult themes & language, which includes scenes about sexual encounters and simulated drug use. Strobe lights, smoke/incense smell and theatrical haze are used. This show is recommended for mature teens and adults.

Can the Meaning of Life be Found in Art?

Get ready to embark on a thrilling musical journey with Passing Strange. This Tony Award-winning show, which inspired a Spike Lee movie, follows the life of a young Black musician, known as Youth, as he searches for his artistic and personal identity. 

Set against the backdrop of the 1970s and 80s, the story takes you on a wild ride from the gospel churches of South Central LA to the punk rock clubs of Amsterdam and Berlin – sex, drugs and rock ‘n' roll anyone?  Filled with electrifying rock music, soulful ballads, and powerful storytelling, Passing Strange is a triumph of live theater. 

You'll be swept up in Youth's quest to find himself, and you'll experience the ups and downs of his relationships. With themes of race, art, and rebellion, this show is as relevant today, if not more so, as it was when it first premiered on Broadway.

Don't miss your chance to see this groundbreaking revival production of a cult classic! Buy your tickets now and prepare to be moved, healed and inspired by Passing Strange. You won't be disappointed!

Passing Strange was originally commissioned, developed and produced by The Berkeley Repertory Theatre,

Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director; and The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Mara Manus, Executive Director.

Passing Strange was originally produced on Broadway in February 2008 by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Bill Kenwright, Chase Mishkin, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Broadway Across America, Emily Fisher Landau, Peter May, Boyett Ostar, Elie Hirschfeld/Jed Bernstein, Wendy Federman/Jackie Barlia Florin, Spring Sirkin/Ruth Hendel, Vasi Laurence/Pat Flicker Adiss, Joey Parnes

in association with The Public Theater and The Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Passing Strange is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (

NOTE TO AUDIENCE: The videotaping or audio and/or visual recording of this production is a violation of United States Copyright Law and an actionable federal offense. 


Director: Rodney Hicks

Music Director: Kennedy Verrett

Choreographer: Muffie Delgado Connelly

Stage Manager: Kimberly Harding

Assistant to the Director and Dramaturg: Kathryn Hasson+

Assistant Choreographer: Jasmyn Tilford^

Scenic Designer: Gisela Estrada

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Diane Ferry Williams

Sound Designer: Saibi Khalsa

Costume Assistant: Maia Denzler^

Video Creation: Tamera Lyn^

Dialect Coach: Eliza Jane Schneider

Cultural Competency Consultant: Keela Johnson

Director of Production: Thyra Hartshorn

Head Carpenter: Ryann St Julien

Head Electrician: Allison Blaine

Asst Head Electrician: Zach Barbour

Properties Coordinator/Design Apprentice: Dylan Nebeker+

Production Intern & Captions: Naama Brown

Production Run Crew: Kathryn Hasson+, Monika M. Milani+, Brandi Borchers, & Ryann St Julien


Stew: Jasonica Moore

Youth: Charles Grant*^

Mother: LaRhonda Steele

Terry, Reverend Jones, & others: Jelani Kee*

Sherry, Desi, & others: Lauren Steele*

Mr. Franklin, Mr. Venus, & others: Delphon “DJ” Curtis Jr.*^

Edwina, Marianna, & others: Andrea Vernae*^

U/S Stew, U/S Mother: Rae Davis

U/S Youth,
U/S Terry, Reverend Jones, & others,
U/S Mr. Franklin, Mr. Venus, & others: Anthony Michael Shepard^

U/S Sherry, Desi, & others
U/S Edwina, Marianna, & others: Jasmyn Tilford^


Heidi, Keyboard & Conductor: Kennedy Verrett

Bass & Vocals: Pierre Carbuccia Abbott

Percussion: Zanny Geffel

Guitar: Daysmel (AKA Dice) Muniz

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

~ United Scenic Artists

RUN TIME: Approx. 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 15 minute intermission

Interested in Getting Involved?

We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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