Dr. Goddess Goes to Jail!: a spoken word, musical comedy (unfortunately) based on a true story

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                 When Dr. Goddess goes to jail for lying down in front of a bulldozer,                              all heaven and hell break lose!

Full, ensemble production, commissioned by the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, now on DVD!

Starring: Taylor Akins, Sonya Carter, Ashley Coney, Kimberly C. Ellis, Crystal Glover, Rachel Harr, Melisha Hutchins, Richard Hutchins, Kendal Lee, Zyare Martin, Kevin O’Connor, Jennifer Schaupp, Ezra Smith, Thomas Smith, Phyllis Wellons, Shawne Wellons, Lake Whitehead and Portia Witten!

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Synopsis: An Inter-generational celebration of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the United States!

When Dr. Goddess gets arrested for lying down in front of a bulldozer on a development site in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, all heaven and hell break loose!

View the Trailer on YouTube!

One of the “Top 20 Best Shows” in the City for 2007 (out of 125) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly C. Ellis is a scholar of American Studies with a specialization in African American Literature and History.

Professional Reviews of the Show

“a smorgasbord in satiric defense of a community with a healthy sense of humor and lots of pride . . . In the play, Dr. Goddess is an incarnation of the Hill — imposing, angry, funny and smart . . . Some [skits] have the bite of George Wolfe’s famous satire, “Colored Museum.” I loved the “Evita” and “Dreamgirls” parodies.”

“Ellis’ Hill — storied, abused, indomitable, scruffy, hopeful, a bundle of dichotomies and much loved by many who call it home — has a central place to play in Pittsburgh’s sense of itself, because of its location and cultural legacy but also because, in a city of neighborhoods, this one tests the city’s sense of fairness and history.”

— Chris Rawson, Theater Critic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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