Skip to content

Youngstown Playhouse partners with DeYor for ‘The Color Purple’

“If there was any story that should be told right now after overcoming what many are saying is one of the most traumatic years in human history, it is this story,” director Trevail Maurice Smith said.
Trevail Maurice Smith
Trevail Maurice Smith, center, who directed The Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Dreamgirls” in 2019, will direct the Playhouse and DeYor Performing Arts Center’s production of “The Color Purple.” (Photo courtesy of The Youngstown Playhouse)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Playhouse and DeYor Performing Arts Center will return to live theater with a co-production of “The Color Purple.” 

The production, directed by Trevail Maurice Smith, will run from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3 at Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor center, 260 W. Federal St.

Tickets, $25 and $30 plus applicable fees, go on sale Friday and can be purchased here or at the DeYor Box Office.

Flex Passes to The Youngstown Playhouse are on sale here and include admission to any four performances in the 2021 season, including “The Color Purple.” Flex Passes are $50, with discounts available for seniors, students and military. Flex Pass subscribers and subscribers of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra can call the DeYor Performing Arts Center at 330-259-9651 to reserve their seats for “The Color Purple” in advance.

“If there was any story that should be told right now after overcoming what many are saying is one of the most traumatic years in human history, it is this story,” Smith said in a news release. “‘The Color Purple’ is the timeless tale of the human experience and the supernatural power of the human spirit. ‘The Color Purple’ is not just about suffering alone, but it is about hope, faith, power and the greatest of all, love. This story teaches us that true power doesn’t come from something outside of ourselves but, instead, real power is found within oneself. That’s what this life is all about.”

Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, “The Color Purple” chronicles the inspiring story of Celie, a young Black woman who triumphs over a lifetime of oppression through a personal awakening of love, hope and joy. Featuring a score replete with jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, “The Color Purple” is adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the 1985 film by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.