Kim Yancey stars as the title character in Dr. May Edward Chinn, a biographical drama written by Laurence Holder, at Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd Street in New York, from February 26-28. Directed by Imani and presented by Woodie King, Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit, the performances are part of a month-long lineup in Woodie King, Jr.’s Black History Month Play Festival, which runs from February 5 – 28, 2010.
Born in 1895, Dr. Chinn was the first black female intern at Harlem Hospital, and for many years the only black female physician in Harlem. She attended Columbia University Teachers’ College, majoring in music; and for a period in the 1920′s was a piano accompanist for singer Paul Robeson. Dr. Chinn was a pioneer in early cancer detection and was invited to work at the Strang Clinic, where she stayed for almost 30 years. She died in 1980.
Dr. May Edward Chinn features costumes by Ali Turns and lighting by Antoinette Tynes. There will be a post play discussion with Dr Lenora Fulani, Dr Vernille Lillie and Dr Ethel Walker on February 28th after the performance.
Friday, February 26 at 8pm
Saturday, February 27 at 8pm
Sunday, February 28 at 3pm
543 W. 42nd Street
Tickets are $20; $18 for seniors and are can be purchased here.
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