Riverside Theatre Presents Updated EMERGENCE-SEE, 8/5-8


The Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre and Walk Tall Girl Productions will present Obie Award-winner Daniel Beaty in EMERGENCY, an updated version of his critically acclaimed solo play EMERGENCE-SEE! Once again directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, EMERGENCY will have a limited engagement of only four performances, Thursday, August 5 - Saturday, August 7 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 8 at 3:00 p.m. at The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue. Tickets for all performances are $20 and can be purchased online at www.theriversidetheatre.org, by phone at 212.870.6784 or in person at the Theater box office (Thursday-Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 4:00 p.m.).

Beaty won a 2007 Obie Award in the writing and performance category for his critically-acclaimed solo play EMERGENCE-SEE!, which had a sold-out run at The Public Theater during the 2006-07 seasons.

The core story of EMERGENCY is the same as its predecessor - a slave ship rises out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending NYC into a frenzy. During the performance, Daniel Beaty masterfully assumes forty diverse personalities as they collide in an intricately woven, urgent and witty exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. However, this update also features new characters and revised a storyline in terms of commentary on current events to reflect that the story is taking place in 2010. For example, there are references to President Obama and other current figures and events.

Located at the historic Riverside Church, The Riverside Theatre, in this 50th year Anniversary, is celebrating an outstanding legacy of rich arts programming, honoring its past and those artists that have brought engaging, powerful, inspiring work to our stage. With a vision of the arts as a unifying force that strengthens communities, the 50th Anniversary theme, From Legacy to Promise recognizes the foundation laid and aspires to be instrumental in shaping the new voices of captivating dance, theatre and film.

Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group is celebrating their 46th anniversary as the oldest black not for profit theatre in New York City. The Theatre is pleased to join with Riverside Theatre celebrating its 50th Anniversary in presenting the work of the distinguished actor Daniel Beaty. One extraordinary performer portraying forty characters in a tour de force performance not to be missed is a gift to the community. New Heritage is pleased to be a part of the producing team. New Heritage is headed by Grammy nominated and Audelco award winning Executive Producer Voza Rivers and Oscar and Grammy nominated Executive Artistic Director Jamal Joseph, Chair of the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University.

Founded in 2000 by Marcia Pendelton, Walk Talk Girl Productions is a marketing, audience development and group sales company. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, WTGP seeks to find the widest possible audience for the arts and is pleased to continue its association with Daniel Beaty. www.walktallgirlproductions.com for more information.

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