Rites and Reason Theatre

155 Angell Street

Founded in 1970, the Rites and Reason Theatre is a black box theatre located inside the Churchill House at Brown University. The actual theatre space is named the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, in memory of its founder, George Houston Bass. The theatre boasts working with artists and playwrights such as Adrienne Kennedy, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza, and many others. The Rites and Reason theatre is both a performance space and an education space, and utilize a unique Research to Performance method (RPM) to help students and scholars of Africana history develop plays and performance pieces directly from historical research.

–written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett


George Houston Bass founds the Rites and Reason Theatre

George Houston Bass founded the Rights and Reason Theatre in 1970, a theatre committed to the art of continental and diasporic African cultures. The theatre continues to stage plays and performance art from the African diaspora to the present day.

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