Music and Lyrics by Micki Grant

Conceived by Vinnette Caroll


The Black Rep opens a season of civil rights, identity and soul with the Grammy award winning, Tony nominated, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.

Garnering a Grammy and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” was the first musical revue in the history of Broadway to be written and directed by African American women, namely Micki Grant and Vinette Caroll which ran over 1,000 performances. With little dialogue between performances, its poignant social commentary is woven into an unbroken cycle of high-energy, feel-good song and dance numbers.

The cast of Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is led by Denise Thimes, Drummond Crenshaw, and Antonio Douthit-Boyd.  This stunning musical also features Robert Crenshaw, Sieglinda Fox, Herman Gordon, Amber Rose, Camille Sharp, Keith Tyrone, Alison Watkins, and Tyler White.

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is directed by Producing Director Ron Himes, with music direction by Charles Creath, choreography by Kirven Douthit-Boyd, scenic design by Peter and Marjorie Spack, lighting design by Joe Clapper, costumes by Andre Harrington, and sound design by Justin Schmitz.  Tracy D. Holliway-Wiggins is the stage manager and Brian McKinley is the assistant stage manager.

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is brought to you in part by World Wide Technology, Washington University, Stewart Family foundation, PNC Arts Alive, and The Regional Arts Commission.

The production will run September 4 – September 22 at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University. Tickets are available at, or by calling the box office at 314-534-3807.