Alice Childress, Lynn Nottage, and Pearl Cleage are among the playwrights featured in the final weekend of Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s Great Black Plays and Playwrights Festival of Readings at The Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. in New York. The month long series of playreadings was presented by Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with the Castillo Theatre and the National Black Theatre.
Friday, June 25, 7:30pm
WEDDING BAND by Alice Childress
Directed by Chuck Smith
With: Michael Chenevert, Brenda Denmark, Denise Burse Fernandez, Marjorie Johnson, Terria Joseph, Sandra Kazan, Jerry Matz, Count Stovall, Jay R. Unger, Kim Weston Moran
This play of interracial marriage in the South when it was still illegal was so controversial when it was written in 1960 that it took six years to get it produced.
Saturday, June 26, 2:00pm
CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by Lynn Nottage, writer of Pulitzer-prize winning play Ruined.
Directed by Marjorie Moon
With: Mutiyat Ade-Salu, Jessica Crandall, Tonya Edmonds, Wendell Franklin, Candice Knox, Jay R. Unger
Set in the 1930′s Crumbs is a coming of age story of a girl from the South who migrates to New York City and is buffeted between the religiocity of her father and the communism of her aunt.
Saturday, June 26, 7:00pm
FLYIN’ WEST by Pearle Cleage
Directed by Lydia Fort
With: Stephanie Berry, Ruby Dee, Wendell Franklin, Bianca Laverne Jones, T. Renee Mathis, Marcus Naylor
One of Cleage’s most admired works about African-American women on the Kansas frontier who decide to create new lives for themselves by going West. A Black history play with a feminist twist.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Box office: (212) 941-1234
The New Federal Theatre will have a benefit performance and dinner on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave in New York at 4:30pm. Tickets are $100/$250, and can be purchased by calling TheatreMania at 866-811-4111, or New Federal Theatre 212-353-1176.
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