A Seasonal Press Calendar
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FEBRUARY 1 TO 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Andrea J. Fulton has penned a family drama with music that brings to life the politics of a young mixed-race man's "passing" for white in post-Civil War Louisiana, inspired by her actual family history. The ten-character play illustrates the risks taken by those not afraid to love despite bigotry, telling of a family torn apart by racism but ultimately reunited. It elucidates for the audience the stakes of pursuing love across lines of race and class during Reconstruction. The piece debuted in Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival in 2010. Directed by Sabura Rashid.
COMPLLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/one_drop.htm
FEBRUARY 2 TO 11
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS' 43rd ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW
The 43rd annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow will offer dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Highlights will include storytelling, a Hoop Dance, a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes), a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona), a Fancy Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes) and a Robin Dance and Smoke Dance (from the Iroquois). As the audience enters the theater, they will be serenaded by the Heyna Second Son Singers (various tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance/Friendship Dance (in evening shows) and a Contest Dance (in matinees). After the program, the dancers stay for photographs and to meet the audience.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Pow-Wow.htm
CAPTIONED, HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS of recent Pow-Wows are available at: https://goo.gl/photos/SLr4PXEHJrsq34j9A and https://goo.gl/photos/GdTzC9QDTyGswnPW9
HISTORICAL PHOTOS of Pow-Wows from 2004 to 2015 are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/wUcenp6ZcPDcBCYD7
SELECTED PHOTOS from all these albums are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/tcrxbtPYtF2hdvhV6
FEBRUARY 2 TO 25
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"OR CURRENT RESIDENT"
Part of our shared experience as Americans today is how we strain under the weight of the tech sector. Millionaires are made overnight and we endure the distortions of social media while gentrification pushes us out of our homes. When that happens, it rips us away from our history as if we never mattered. That's the idea behind "Or Current Resident," a new play by Joan Bigwood, which will be performed by Squeaky Bicycle Productions. It's 2013 and three generations of the Finch family live in a bungalow in the rapidly-changing community at the heart of Silicon Valley. They have weathered the neighborhood's rapid changes through the years, but nothing has prepared them Facebook's impact on the family's teens and the aggressive real estate market that is throwing them out of their home. Playwright Joan Bigwood is a former Silicon Valley resident and her family drama throws the covers off a cozy little universe that has survived on distortions and self-deception; a universe that now lies shivering in the cold glare of unexpected, untenable revelations. Brandi Varnell, Artistic Director of Squeaky Bicycle, directs.
FEBRUARY 8 TO MARCH 11
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "HARRIET'S RETURN"
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
At a time when the USA is waffling on its commitment to honor Harriet Tubman with her image on the 20 dollar bill, Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre will present "Harriet's Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman," written and performed by Karen Jones Meadows. The production takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world. Clinton Turner Davis directs.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Harriet.htm
FEBRUARY 8 TO 25
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
JOSH: THE BLACK BABE RUTH
"Josh: The Black Babe Ruth," written by Michael A. Jones and directed by Bette Howard, dramatizes the life, loves and ultimately the tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who was perhaps the greatest slugger of the Negro leagues and who, some say, died of a broken heart in 1947. The play, based on real events, shows Gibson struggling heroically to make it into the Big Leagues with emotional support from his good friend, the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, and from the two women who are rivals for his heart--his common law wife and his mistress. Despite his majestic on-field performance, there are immovable obstacles, including resistance to Black players by Major League club owners and Gibson's own personal demons, which suffocate his chances.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/josh.htm
FEBRUARY 14 TO MARCH 4
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "A SOLDIER'S PLAY"
As part of its 50th season, Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.(NEC) revived its most famous and successful production, "A Soldier's Play" by Charles Fuller, from September 27 to October 8, 2017 at Theatre 80 St. Marks. To share this much-praised revival with a wider audience, the company will re-mount it for Black History Month at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street. Director is NEC's Artistic Director, Charles Weldon, who staged this fall's revival.
The play uses a murder mystery in a segregated U.S. Army base during World War II to expose angers and resentments among African Americans that curiously mimic white racist attitudes. The original production ran for two years at Theatre Four, earned unanimous praise and launched the careers of many current stars including Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Adolph Caesar and James Pickens, Jr. It won the Pulitzer Prize, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and three Obie Awards before being brought to the big screen as "A Soldier's Story." This fall's production was deemed "gripping and powerfully performed" (TheaterScene.net), "masterful and stimulating play...the actors are incredible" (Times Square Chronicle) and "we need 'A Soldier’s Play' [today] more than ever." (NY Theatre Wire)
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/soldiers_play2.htm
FEBRUARY 16 TO MARCH 5
NORTH OF HISTORY, 445 COLUMBUS AVE (81-82 STREET)
"HAVING OUR SAY" BY EMILY MANN, ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK BY SARAH L. DELANEY AND A. ELIZABETH DELANEY
The Morningside Players will present "Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years" by Emily Mann, adapted from the book by Sarah H. Delaney and A. Elizabeth Delaney with Amy Hill Hearth. It will be the inaugural theater production at North of History, a new performance/gallery space founded by Gene Kaufman that is located at 445 Columbus Ave. (between 81st and 82nd Street). Edgar Chisholm directs.
The play is a tour-de-force for two black actresses. We enter the home of two centenarian sisters: Sadie Delaney, a retired teacher, age 103 and her kid sister, Bessie Delaney, a retired dentist, age 101. Like molasses and vinegar, these daughters of a former slave were always temperamental opposites, but together they grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance and had professional careers. While making dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us of the last century as they lived it – through stories of racial injustice and personal strife, unified by faith, family, and time. With Carol Carter and Edythe Jason.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/having_our_say.htm
FEBRUARY 22 TO MARCH 18
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"SUBWAY STORY (A SHOOTING)"
A troubled, abused African-American high school student named Chevonn combs the subways, seeking to obtain a gun in order to shoot her abusive mother. Her quest is narrated in a fantastical mashup of literary images that are part Lewis Carroll and part queasy reality and reveal issues affecting inner city children including alienation, discrimination, bullying and the easy availability of firearms. Chevonn's tale strongly illuminates the hopelessness that many inner city kids face and how this can make them lash out with guns or turn them on themselves. Post-play discussions will deal with issues like: how do we get our kids not to use guns to resolve conflicts? We are prompted to ask ourselves: are we desensitized or numb to the pressures our children endure, like people who stand passively by while tragedies incubate in plain sight around them?
"Subway Story (A Shooting) will be the fifth play in the GUNPLAYS series written and directed by William Electric Black. The entire series has been presented by Theater for the New City. In 2014, Black launched the series with "Welcome Home Sonny T," a drama that spotlighted two significant forces driving the current epidemic of gun violence: the social impact of alienation and unemployment on young black males and the declining influence of black ministers as a force of stability in affected neighborhoods. The second play in the series, "When Black Boys Die" (2015), premiered in 2015. The third, presented for 2016 Gun Awareness Month, was "Death of a Black Man (A Walk By)," a play with hip hop verse, chanting, songs and poetry. The fourth play, "The Faculty Room" (2017), was an immersive drama set in a high school that is in a hard lockdown because an argument between two students has escalated to armed conflict because of the prevalence of guns in the school.
The play will be accessible to teens as well as adults. William Electric Black says, "This is a play that kids of color should see."
MORE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/subway_story.htm
FEBRUARY 23 TO MARCH 18
IATI THEATER, 64 E. FOURTH STREET
THREE ON A MATCH
In "Three on a Match" by Rhett Martinez, a Haberdasher, a Girl Bellboy and The Queen of Anvondalia are the only remaining inhabitants of the Grand Hotel (in the capitol city of an unnamed South American country) that has been abandoned in the wake of the recent revolution. Cocooned from the daily chaos outside, the three do their best to create a life of civility, order, and even elegance. Then a new guest arrives. He's an American. He has a reservation. He has papers. He has an agenda. He's here to take over. The three must defend themselves against the one. But how can they, the meek, triumph over him, the powerful? By working together, they give this imperialist a taste of his own medicine. Directed by Eric Parness.
LA MAMA E.T.C.
"EXTREME WHETHER" BY KAREN MALPEDE
A new production of the post-Paris version of "Extreme Whether" by Karen Malpede, directed by Alicia Dhyana House. This "eco drama" centers on an embattled American climate scientist in an idyllic wilderness estate in the Northeast Coast. He faces off against his twin sister in a no-holds barred family struggle over land ownership and the future use of their wilderness estate. In one corner is John Bjornson (played by Rocco Sisto), a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist. Supporting John's struggle over the land is the caretaker of the estate, a man named Uncle (played by George Bartenieff). Their family struggle over the wilderness estate and its future reveals the fault lines in America today over land usage, global warming and "climate denial." The characters and plot of this play are informed by the books, lives and experiences of several contemporary scientists including Dr. James Hansen, who told Congress in 1988 that Global Warming had begun and whose science was censored by the Bush administration. “The play is a celebration of hope,” wrote Father Paul Mayer.
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 16, 2018
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES "
Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "The Wizard of Oz: a Jazz Musical for All Ages," co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. This production of the classic musical has a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation. Director/choreographer is Keith Lee Grant, Artistic Director of Harlem Rep, who is in the midst of a four-year project of presenting four classic musicals that have lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who was known in his lifetime as the "social conscience of Broadway."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/oz.htm
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