*Knock Me a Kiss

Written by Charles Smith
Directed by Chuck Smith
January 21 – February 27, 2000


Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss is a fictional account of the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois’s daughter Yolande to one of Harlem’s great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America’s foremost black intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP, and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a young poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement.


Chuck Smith: Director
Mary Griswold: Set Designer
Todd Hensley: Lighting Designer
Birgit Wise: Costume Designer
Ben Getting: Sound Designer
Deanna Skedel: Prop Designer


Yvonne Huff (Yolande DuBois)
Jason Lee (Countee Cullen)
Morocco Omari (Jimmy Lunceford)
LeShay Tomlinson (Lenora)
Celeste Williams (Nina DuBois)
Dexter Zollicoffer (W.E.B. DuBois)