Birmingham's Newest Performance Series

ARTWORKS@THEDJD

The DJD Theater is proud to present the ArtWorks@TheDJD Series. This professional performance season is dedicated to presenting award-winning national and regional artists that reflect our community with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our programming. 

ArtWorks@TheDJD grew out of an experimental artist grant project undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural digital series was a huge success. It provided commissioning grants to local artists and provided the community free access to the works during a time when most performing venues were closed.

This season features four award-winning national theater and musical acts you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets today:

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:30 PM

Do You Speak Mexican? is a Regional Premiere starring Elena Maria Garcia and Christian Perez. The Miami Herald calls Elena Maria Garcia, “One of the funniest women to ever step on the stage.” A three-time Carbonell winner, Garcia and co-creator Christian Perez make their Alabama debut with a hilarious and inspirational exploration of a first generation Cuban-American family’s story of finding a place in the United States (performed in English). A night of laughter and theatrical brilliance you won’t want to miss. A night of celebration. Join the cast after the show for desserts and coffee.

¿Hablas mexicano? es un estreno regional protagonizado por Elena María García y Christian Pérez. The Miami Herald llama a Elena María García, “Una de las mujeres más divertidas que jamás haya pisado el escenario”. García, tres veces ganadora de Carbonell, y el co-creador Christian Pérez hacen su debut en Alabama con una exploración hilarante e inspiradora de la historia de una familia cubanoamericana de primera generación sobre cómo encontrar un lugar en los Estados Unidos (interpretada en inglés). Una noche de risas y brillantez teatral que no querrá perderse. Una noche de celebración. Únase al elenco después del espectáculo para disfrutar de postres y café.

Sponsored in part by Miami Fusion Cafe, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!), and LaJefa 98.3. Accommodations provided by The Tutwiler Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites.

Presentado en asociación con Miami Fusion Cafe, LaJefa 98.3 y la Coalición de Interés Hispano de Alabama (¡HICA!). Alojamiento proporcionado por The Tutwiler Hotel Hampton Posada & Suites.

Friday-Saturday, September 16-17, 2022, 7:30 PM

Imagine having another chance to see Luther Vandross in concert…

There may never be another singer quite like Vandross, but no other voice comes quite as close as that of Ruben Studdard—the remarkable singer hailed as the “next Luther” during his American Idol run.

The audience will be treated to timeless hits featuring the same vocals and music as Vandross, providing the closest experience to seeing the legend live in concert..

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 PM

For this 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in ​BIG FIVE OH!​, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.

The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend setting innovative work in shadow. Over the past 50 years, Pilobolus has performed around the globe in events ranging from the Oscars to the Olympics and collaborated with some of the world’s greatest influencers and creators.   

Thursday, march 23, 2023, 7:30 PM

Anton Nel, one of the world’s most accomplished classical pianist makes his Birmingham debut. Winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to enjoy a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

Highlights of Mr. Nel’s four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. (He has an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel has performed the concerto cycle several times, most notably on two consecutive evenings with the Cape Philharmonic in 2005.

The Vicious Hillbilly by Dawn Larsen with Special Guest Janet Simpson

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:30 PM

Folk musician Dawn Larsen makes her Alabama debut with this award winning show. A poignant comedy, highlighting 10 lessons (and one bonus lesson!) learned on a journey of discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right. Dawn Larsen is the 2020 National Artist of the Year, St. Louis Fringe Festival and the 2018 Rock House Songwriting Competition Winner. With special guest Janet Simpson, a beloved Birmingham based singer-songwriter Wide Open Country identified as “a brilliant genre-defying wordsmith with razor-sharp songwriting.” 

Cristal Laraé Brister: Emerge From Hiding

Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 2023, 7:30 PM & Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 PM

Emerge from Hiding explores the story of one woman’s profound love for her daughter and the inexplicable joy and soul-shattering heartbreak that comes along with loving a child she did not birth. Pieces from her past emerge as she navigates a life she is both grateful for and swore to never live. Emerge from Hiding is a story of love, family, and identity. It asks the age-old question, “What do you do when life doesn’t turn out the way you planned?” but with a twist

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

This series is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council of the Arts, and by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Robert P. and Juanita Denniston Charitable trust, Jefferson County Community Service Fund,  the Daniel Foundation, Vulcan Materials Gallery, the Alabama Community Service Fund, Birmingham Investment Group, EBSCO Industries, Inc., Dan Frederick, Claire Friday, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Warren and Cathy Whatley, BhamNow, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Birmingham365, This is Alabama, Sidewalk Film Festival, Starnes Media, and V94.9.

Please consider making a small donation to help us continue bringing these programs to our community:

“With the ArtWorks@TheDJD  series, the DJD Theater is proud to launch a professional series of top national and regional acts that reflect the diversity and talent of the people of Alabama.

John Manzelli
Director of the DJD Theater

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