Theater

Twisted Melodies

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 1 2016

Donny Hathaway had everything going for him. He left St. Louis' Carr Square housing project for Howard University and became tight with Roberta Flack, but abandoned school to work for Curtis Mayfield's Custom Records as an arranger, writer and producer. In four short years he released a massive single ("Where is the Love?" -- a duet with Flack), a revered live album and co-wrote and sang the Christmas standard "This Christmas." At the peak of his professional career Hathaway began to suffer from crippling depression and paranoid delusions, which were eventually diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. Medication helped, but only when he took it regularly. Playwright Kelvin Roston Jr.'s drama Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey into Hathaway's mind during the time he was trying to navigate his way through schizophrenia, the music industry and his home life. The Black Rep closes its season with Twisted Melodies. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 22 through May 1) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $30.

Paul Friswold

Price: $30

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