The Guthrie Theater presents a Full Circle Theater production of

Under This Roof

by Barbara Kingsley
directed by James A. Williams


About the show

Set in the late 1940s against the backdrop of post-WWII recovery in America, this four-character, two-act play takes place in the segregated black neighborhood of Central Cleveland, where characters Mamie and Raymond Warren reside. Mamie desperately needs household help after her husband has a serious accident. On the recommendation of a friend, Mamie hires a down-on-her-luck woman named Bessie, whose arrival brings surprises and new challenges. Under This Roof explores themes of mature love, family, disability and race on an ever-shifting axis, with often unexpected comic, painful and heartfelt results.

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Dowling Studio

Run Time


Age recommendation

We recommend children be 12+, but admit children as young as 8.


ASL, Audio Described and Open Captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Ticket Prices

All tickets in the Dowling Studio are $9. Seating is General Admission.

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Full Circle was founded by Co-Artistic Directors Rick Shiomi and Martha B. Johnson and Core Artists James A. Williams, Stephanie Lein Walseth and Lara Trujillo. The mission of Full Circle is to produce heartfelt groundbreaking theater that artfully addresses issues of diversity and social justice for 21st century audiences. 

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Through the Level Nine Series, we’ve devoted our ninth floor to access for all and the creation of theater that wrestles with urgent questions and inspires dialogue. 

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