Raja Feather Kelly, Off Broadway’s Busiest Choreographer

Raja Feather Kelly is one of the busiest choreographers Off-Broadway, with a half dozen shows currently or soon to be on stage. All but one of them are straight plays.
As I detail in my profile of him on TDF Stages,How Raja Feather Kelly Gives Shows All the Right Moves, Kelly sees himself as a “movement dramaturg” involved in every movement, and every moment, of a play, not just the musical numbers. Several of the plays don’t even have musical numbers.But directors Sarah Benson, Liliana Blain-Cruz, and Lila Neugebauer swear by him; they and playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins are quoted in the article.

Below, photographs from past and present productions, both Off-Broadway and from his “dance-theater-media” company, the feath3r theory.

Current and forthcoming shows
Hurricane Diane,  by Madeleine George, directed by Leigh Silverman, at New York Theatre Workshop through March 24
If Pretty Hurts, Ugly Must Be a Muthfucka, by Tori Sampson, directed by Leah Gardner, at Playwrights Horizons through March 31.
Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, by the Mad Ones, directed by Lila Neugebauer, March 26th through April 27th at Ars Nova’s new home in Greenwich House.
A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson, directed by Stephen Brackett, May 24 – July 7 at Playwrights Horizons.
Fairview, by Jackies Sibblies Drury, directed by Sarah Benson, June 2 – June 30, Theatre for a New Audience
We May Never Dance Again by Raja Feather Kelly and the feath3r theory, June 6th and 7th, The Invisible Dog

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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