A Seasonal Press Calendar
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CHANGES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS ARE INDICATED IN RED
WILL COMPLETE ITS SCHEDULED RUN
FEBRUARY 27 TO MARCH 15
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Comedian/actor/broadcaster Donald E. Lacy Jr. updated his one man show, "ColorStruck," a bittersweet examination of how cultural assumptions drive American society. Since national politics provide a never-ending supply of new material, the piece is continually reshaped. The velocity of change since TNC presented the show's New York debut last year (Feb-March, 2019) has inspired Lacy to initiate a new version that reflects pressing current events.
Lacy's gift is in using humor as an icebreaker to bring all races to the racial colloquy. Paul Berss (NY Theatre Wire) characterized last year's production as "a seamless ride from hate and injustice to funny and heartwarming, all artfully blended and delivered by a master entertainer who is at once an actor, a comedian, a thinker and an activist."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/colorstruck.htm
SHOW IS CLOSED, VENUE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
FEBRUARY 27 TO APRIL 5
CASTILLO THEATER, 543 W. 42ND STREET
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "TWO CAN PLAY" BY TREVOR RHONE
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre celebrates both Black History Month and Women's History Month with "Two Can Play" by Trevor Rhone, directed by Clinton Turner Davis. Gloria and Jim, a lower middle class couple in Jamaica, try their wildest schemes to escape gun crime and establish residence in the United States. They survive because they learn to communicate and rediscover each other. Performed by Michael Rogers and Joyce Sylvester, who were the cast in New Federal's reading of the play in 2018 as part of its "Ntozake Shange November Reading Series." "Two Can Play" is considered a masterpiece of dramatic realism. The play celebrates the pent-up need for self-discovery and personal development in Jamaican women, a theme which is also universal. Playwright Trevor Rhone (1940-2009) was the artistic giant of Jamaican theater.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/2canplay.htm
SUSPENDED, WILL RESUME IN SAME VENUE AS SOON AS WE GET
THE "ALL CLEAR"
MARCH 11 TO 21
THEATER 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE PRESENTS " GRANDMA'S QUILT," WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY KAREN A. BROWN
An elderly poor, unpretentious Black woman in rural Arkansas is sewing a quilt as the final act of her life. Each scrap of material is a prism into a chapter of her family's past. As she reflects on each period, she transforms into younger versions of herself to lead us through the history that she intends to pass on to her granddaughter. One actress portrays the old woman at six points in her life as well as the granddaughter. This is the play's New York premiere.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/quilt.htm
CANCELLED, MAY COME BACK NEXT SEASON
MARCH 19 TO 29
"SPOILED" BY ELIZABETH HESS
"Spoiled," a movement theater work by Elizabeth Hess, is based on true stories of violence against women that will be embodied by diverse female performers but told from the male point of view. The piece sheds light on the role patriarchy plays in perpetuating misogyny by exposing the accepted power of the male voice to co-opt female experience. By looking at events that span the globe - zeroing in on India, Turkey, Chile and America - the three-person ensemble of Cherrye J Davis, Ninoshka De León Gill and Rebeca Miller probes the mindsets that leads to such crimes as campus rape, military assault, female infanticide and bartered child brides. The Hess Collective generates original work that addresses issues of social and global urgency through heightened realism, cross-cultural collaboration and inter-disciplinary creation.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/spoiled.htm
POSTPONED TO MAY 9
CHURCH OF ST. LUKE OF THE FIELD, 487 HUDSON STREET
WESTERN WIND IN CONCERT, "OF DREAMS, DESIRES & DRAGONS"
The Grammy-nominated Western Wind Vocal Sextet will present "Of Dreams, Desires & Dragons: Music by Women from Hildegarde to Joni Mitchell," a concert which celebrates Women's History Month with a rich assortment of music by classical and modern women composers. The program features the world premiere of "Certain Dragons" by Martha Sullivan, a medieval chant by Hildegarde von Bingen, Renaissance and Baroque works by Casulana, Cozzolani, Strozzi, and Aleotti; part-songs by Fanny Hensel, Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach; contemporary works by Tania León and Liz Hanna and songs by Joni Mitchell.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/dreams_dragons.htm
RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 14 TO OCTOBER 4, 2020
APRIL 23 TO MAY 10
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"AUNT SUSAN AND HER TENNESSEE WALTZ" BY TOBY ARMOUR, DIRECTED BY GEORGE FERENCZ
Susan B. Anthony spent a lifetime fighting for a woman’s right to vote. She never saw the end of the struggle, dying in 1906, but she never doubted. "Failure is impossible" were her famous words. The struggle continued under her successor, Carrie Chapman Catt. In 1920, the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote came before the Tennessee legislature. The vote was crucial. If Tennessee, the 36th state, ratified it would become law of the land. Campaigning took place during the hot days of summer in Nashville. The opposition, Southern belles and corporate lobbyists, was powerful. Double dealing, threats, bribery and slander were all part of the action. Carrie Chapman Catt, exhausted by the heat, beset by migraines, doubts and bad news, was fighting the battle of her life. It all came down to one vote. This is Susan and Carrie’s story.
SUSPENDED, WILL RESUME MAY 2
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 20, 2020
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 Lyrics Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. This production of the classic musical has a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Lyrics 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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