Chicken & Biscuits

Jan. 24 - Feb. 11, 2024 • MainStage Series at The Historic Dock Street Theatre

By Douglas Lyons
Direction by Crystin Gilmore

About the Show

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR: the peter glenville foundation


Who Knew a Family Funeral Could Be So Much Fun?

What's a Black funeral without a soloist with a voice only Jesus could love, a eulogy long enough to merit a nap, funeral attire that's club ready, and all the laughter you could muster?! Well, that's Broadway’s hilarious new comedy, Chicken & Biscuits! Meet the Jenkins, the first family of their African-American church, who believe in God, family and keeping skeletons (and relatives) IN the closet. Watch as these over-the-top characters attempt to eulogize the family patriarch without coming to blows. Will this funeral end with a burial, a wedding or an all-out brawl? Join the congregation and watch as family bonds are tested and long held secrets are revealed in this heartfelt modern comedy about good old-fashioned family drama. 


Please note, Jan. 24th is our PNC Pay-As-You-Please performance for Chicken & Biscuits. These special ticket sales are only available online 24-hours prior to the performance. For more details about our PNC Pay-As-You-Please performances and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meet the Director

Having recently directed Charleston Stage's production of Once On This Island, Crystin Gilmore is back this season to direct this hilarious new comedy! Crystin was a Resident Actor with Charleston Stage many years ago and will forever call Charleston Stage family. Gilmore last graced our stage in Black Pearl Sings! as Alberta “Pearl” Johnson. Audiences may also remember Crystin in Mamma Mia! as Rosie, The Seat of Justice as Mrs. Ruby Cornwell, in Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle and in Chicago, The Musical as Matron Mama Morton. Some additional credits include School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play in the role of Headmistress, The Color Purple as Shug Avery where she received an IRNE and Arts Impulse Award with Speakeasy Stage Co., The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin as Miss Pain with Progressive Theater, Letters from War as Mae with North Shore Theatre, Smokey Joe’s Cafe as Brenda with Show Palace Dinner Theater and Beehive! The 60’s Musical as Wanda with Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Crystin also enjoys being a motivational speaker, doing commercials, voiceovers and she hosts a podcast called POVwCrystinGilmore. Special thanks to her family, friends and the Lord. Philippians 4:6-8 Wanna connect? @crystingilmore

single tickets for chicken & biscuits ARE NOW ON SALE. season tickets are now on sale.


Content Guide

We are always excited to see families at the theatre, and we know that parents may want more information on content when deciding if a show is appropriate for their family. Below is an outline of things parents may want to know about Chicken & Biscuits.



Upcoming Shows

A Christmas Carol Dec. 1 - Dec. 22, 2023 • Holiday Show
Chicken & Biscuits Jan. 24 - Feb. 11, 2024 • MainStage Series
Junie B., Toothless Wonder Feb. 3 & 10, 2024 • Family Series
The Trip to Bountiful Feb. 28 - Mar. 17, 2024 • MainStage Series
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Apr. 10 - 28, 2024 • MainStage Series

In Residence at the Dock Street Theatre Since 1978