New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop 2019 Residency

Buh Wha’ Trouble is Dis?

(or The Exhumation of MC Spice)
August 03, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

This tale of a first-generation Caribbean girl coming of age in the 1980s New York tackles themes of racism, body image and show business

New York Theatre Workshop

Written and performed by Stacey Sargeant
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
DJ’d by Tracy Adams

Buh Wha’ Trouble is Dis? (or The Exhumation of MC Spice) explores how a first-generation daughter of Caribbean immigrants growing up in East New York, Brooklyn, can embody her truest self, conquer her demons of self-doubt, and strive to achieve some of her wildest dreams.


Stacey SargeantStacey Sargeant The child of a Trinidadian father and Tobagonian mother, Stacey Sargeant was born & raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and received her BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University. She recently received Drama Desk, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel nominations for her work in the NYTimes Critic's Pick, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future at Ars Nova. She is the recipient of the South Korea Daegu International Musical Festival's Best Supporting Actress Award, as well as New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Outstanding Individual Performance Award. In addition, her filmmaking debut, Though I'm Not Perfect, a documentary short about the physical and psychological dangers of the ballet world to young girls, won the Honolulu Film Award for Best Educational Film. Credit's include: Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center Theater), Homos, Or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), Two Gentlemen of Verona and the all-female The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theatre), Eclipsed (Public Theater, Curran, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre (workshop)), Our Lady of Kibeho and Big Love (Signature Theatre), Legally Blonde (1st Nat’l Tour), OO-BLA-DEE (Two River Theater); Film: Come Sunday, Top Five, Obvious Child; TV: "Elementary", "The Blacklist", "Gossip Girl", "Glee", "Law & Order: SVU”.


Steve H. Broadnax IIISteve H. Broadnax III World Premieres: Mud Row by Dominique Morisseau, Travisville by William Jackson Harper, Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland by Steve H. Broadnax III, The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall, Everybody Black by Dave Harris. Theatres Include: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, People’s Light, Hattiloo Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre in Johannesburg, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia. The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length, original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include the award-winning American Taboo, and Camouflage (Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist). Training: Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University (BFA), Penn State University (MFA). Steve is currently a Professor of Theatre and Associate Artistic Director for Outreach at Penn State University.

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