About Spiritrials

In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage as a young Black male. 

Performance Schedule:

  • Friday, March 22, and Monday, March 25: 1 PM matinees (Students/Seniors $20, General Admission $25)
  • Saturday, March 23: 2 PM matinee followed by an interview with Dahlak Brathwaite by Broadway actor Dwayne Clark for his podcast, "Conversations with Dwayne."
  • Saturday, March 23: 8 PM show, followed by an official "Spiritrials" inspired dance party.
  • Sunday, March 24: 3 PM matinee, followed by an open mic poetry slam.

Ticket Information:

  • All tickets for Saturday and Sunday shows are $25, with snacks and drinks available for purchase.


Vanguard Theater Company

Founded in 2015, Vanguard Theater is a not-for-profit company changing social and cultural narratives through theater dedicated to DREAM: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Activism & Mentorship. For more information, visit www.VanguardTheaterCompany.org or find us across social media @VTCNJ and #dreamVTC 

OUR VISION: To be recognized as a model in the theater community for purposeful inclusion of diverse voices and stories; partnerships that propel cross community conversations; and casting and leadership that reflects our communities.