Acting troupe folds, citing problems with its finances

January 21, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

T. G. Cooper is down, but not out.

Pamoja, the Howard University theater professor's acting troupe that brought first-rate African-American theater to Anne Arundel County, is calling it quits, citing financial woes.

New Wave of Entertainment, Pamoja's parent organization, has incurred an $18,000 debt and can no longer be the sole producer of dramatic or musical productions, Mr. Cooper said. A lack of community support for his productions forced him to rethink Pamoja's future, he said.

"With these kinds of figures, I just can't do it by myself anymore," Mr. Cooper said.

Thus, Pamoja -- a source of many wonderful productions such as George Wolfe's searing "The Colored Museum" in August 1992 and Mr. Cooper's own "Bojangles," a docudrama on the life of dancer Bill Robinson -- passes from the scene having never captured the audience it deserved.

But Mr. Cooper's New Wave will remain an area presence as a co-producer of monthly events at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road. The productions will feature a variety of artists in concert for $15, with a dinner buffet included.

On Feb. 11, New Wave will present the WO'SE Dance Theater of Washington, an ensemble that mixes music, dance and folklore from the cultures of Guinea, Senegal, South Africa and elsewhere.

On March 11, Betsy Pindell of Annapolis will star in "Mahalia Sings," an evening of music made famous by one of gospel music's most famous artists, Mahalia Jackson.

On April 8, Rosalind White, Miss African-American of Black Colleges, will present her show "The Woman I Am." Ms. White, who attends Howard University, won her title during a nationally televised contest.

Special family and children's rates are available.

For more information, call 268-3614.

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