Crumbs from the Table of Joy

January 28 - February 25
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
Crumbs from the Table of Joy portrait picture


In Everyman’s fifth Lynn Nottage production, 17-year-old Ernestine Crump adjusts to her new life in 1950s Brooklyn after the passing of her mother. Amidst navigating her grief, she finds herself, both physically and spiritually, in an unfamiliar place where odds seem stacked against her. Caught between her father’s spirituality and her aunt’s activism, she learns to find her own definition of the American Dream. This poignant and gripping story offers a look at what it truly means to find strength in unity.

What the critics are saying…

“August Wilson, move over. Tony Kushner, stand aside. Sam Sheppard, David Mamet and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the doorbell is ringing…You’ve got company in the pantheon of pioneering 21st-century American playwrights. Her name is Lynn Nottage.”
– The Baltimore Sun

“…a lyrical, funny and compassionate gem that charms the heart with its delightful, unforgettable characters and its message of tolerance, love and the quest for self-discovery.” – Broadway World (Baltimore)

“Crumbs from the Table of Joy is a poignant play and it’s getting a stirring production at Everyman…Deidre Staples gives a breakout performance!” – WYPR

Hear from the director and cast:

Reginald L. Douglas talks about why he wanted to direct this poignant play.
Deidre Staples talks about her character ‘Ernestine Crump’
Jefferson A. Russell shares insights about his character ‘Godfrey’
Explore the theme of sisterhood in Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Myxolydia Tyler talks about her character ‘Lily Ann Green’

A glimpse at the Production…


Everyman Company Everyman Resident Company
Mahkai Dominique
Mahkai Dominique Ermina Crump
Katie Kleiger
Katie Kleiger Gerte Schulte
Jefferson A. Russell
Jefferson A. Russell Godfrey Crump
Deidre Staples
Deidre Staples Ernestine Crump
Myxolydia Tyler
Myxolydia Tyler Lily Ann Green

Artistic + Creative Team

Reginald L. Douglas
Daniel Ettinger
Set Design
Ivania Stack
Costume Design
Harold F. Burgess, II
Lighting Design
Tosin Olufolabi
Sound Design
Lewis Shaw
Fights & Intimacy
Dante Fields
Stage Manager
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