New Federal Theatre Valentine's Day Fundraiser with Mike Tyson, Phylicia Rashad, Alicia Keys, Spike Lee, Danny Glover, Ruby Dee,
The celebrity Valentine's Day message can be personalized for a friend or family member. Each message will be delivered in digital format to the cell phone or email address of the intended recipient. The Valentine's Day celebrity messages are available on a first come, first served basis. Other stars showing "Love for New Federal Theatre" with Valentine's Day personalized messages include: Debbie Allen ("Grey's Anatomy," "A Different World"), Alfre Woodard ("Copper," "Twelve Years a Slave"), Lynn Whitfield ("Eve's Bayou," "The Josephine Baker Story"), John Amos ("Good Times," "Die Hard 2"), Robert Townsend ("The Parent 'Hood," "The Five Heartbeats"), Leslie Uggams ("Roots," "Sugar Hill"), Melba Moore ("The Fighting Temptations," "Falcon Crest"), Marla Gibbs ("The Jeffersons," "227") Robert Hooks ("N.Y.P.D." "Star Trek III"), Avery Brooks ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), Glynn Turman ("House of Lies," "Cooley High"), Kene Holiday ("Benson," "Matlock") Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in "42"), Petri Hawkins Byrd (bailiff on "Judge Judy"), Lamman Rucker ("Why Did I Get Married?," "Meet the Browns"), Imhotep Gary Byrd ("Bamboozled," "Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life"), Andre De Shields (Broadway's "The Wiz"), Roscoe Orman ("Sesame Street") and Ted Lange ("Love Boat," "The First Family").
"This is a new fundraising concept for us,' said Woodie King, Jr., founder and director of New Federal Theatre. "We're really pleased that so many celebrities agreed to participate in this effort and we hope theatre fans will be as excited as we are." For over 40 years, under King's direction, New Federal Theatre has been the artistic birthplace of many award-winning African American performers from stage, television and movies. Landmark theatre productions that originated at New Federal Theatre include Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" and Denzel Washington's star turn as Malcolm X in "When The Chickens Come Home to Roost." All proceeds from the "Love for New Federal Theatre" celebrity Valentines will support New Federal's stage productions and community outreach.