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Boulevard of Bold Dreams

  • By LaDarrion Williams
  • Directed by Dakotah Brown
  • Assistant Director Bren Trotter

Though you grow weary, you got the strength to keep going. You keep fighting, and you keep on dreaming!

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A dynamic story about the night Hattie McDaniel made Hollywood history by becoming the first Black artist to win an Oscar for her performance in Gone with the Wind.

When Hattie stops at the Ambassador Hotel to debate if she should attend the biggest night in show business, knowing she will not be allowed to sit with her cast but rather in a room at the back of the theater, the bartender, Arthur, and the maid, Dottie, do everything in their power to convince her to go and claim her historic win. A story of dreamers striving to overcome considerable obstacles and fighting for recognition amidst the racism and inequity of the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood.

Boulevard of Bold Dreams had its World Premiere at Timeline Theater in Chicago in February of 2023. Playwright LaDarrion Williams and their play Bridging the Gap was featured at Boise Contemporary Theater’s 3rd Annual BIPOC Festival in August ‘23.

Cast

  • John WicksArthur Brooks
  • Cynthia AtangaDottie Hudson
  • Shana TavaresHattie McDaniel