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Lorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native ChicagoansLorraine Hansberry Awards to Honor Five Native Chicagoans
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On May 24, The Lorraine Hansberry Awards, presented by Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith and Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre Artistic Director, will honor five women: Micki Grant, Lynn Hamilton, Shauneille Perry, Dr. Glory Van Scott and Camille Yarbrough. (more...)

TNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day WeekendTNC to Host 21st Annual Lower East Side Festival This Memorial Day Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

One of the first and most time-honored FREE Summer Festivals in NYC each year - the LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL -- will take place this year, the FEST's 21st annual event  -- Memorial Day Weekend May 27 to 29 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th St.), it has been announced by Crystal Field, co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater for the New City.  (more...)

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth AwardReverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir to Receive 2016 Edwin Booth Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir is the winner of the 2016 Edwin Booth Award. The Award ceremony will take place Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm in The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. Reservations: awalls@gradcenter.cuny.edu (more...)

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre to Honor Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles at 2016 GalaWoodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre to Honor Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles at 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will hold a Gala Benefit on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Boulevard (enter West 70th Street) honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theatre's 46 year history. (more...)

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre 2016 Gala to Honor Novella Nelson & Melvin Van PeeblesWoodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre 2016 Gala to Honor Novella Nelson & Melvin Van Peebles
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will hold a Gala Benefit on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00 to 5:30 PM at Trump Place, 220 Riverside Boulevard (enter West 70th Street) honoring Novella Nelson and Melvin Van Peebles, two of many actors and directors who have worked at NFT over the theatre's 46 year history.  Mr. Van Peebles will be introduced by Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons.  Ms. Nelson will be introduced by former Mayor David Dinkins. (more...)

Goodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This SpringGoodman Theatre to Host Citywide Lorraine Hansberry Celebration This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

In conjunction with a production of playwright Lorraine Hansberry's final work, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Goodman Theatre presents a Lorraine Hansberry Celebration (April 30 - June 5), curated by Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith. (more...)

SUGAR RAY to Close April 12 in at New Harlem Besame RestaurantSUGAR RAY to Close April 12 in at New Harlem Besame Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

SUGAR RAY by Laurence Holder, directed by Woodie King Jr. and performed by Reginald L. Wilson, had been extended through April 26 at New Harlem Besame Restaurant in Harlem but will now close April 12, 2016. Upon closing, the show will have played 22 performances. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Ricardo Khan and FLY at Crossroads TheatreBWW Interview: Ricardo Khan and FLY at Crossroads Theatre
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 31, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Ricardo Kahn about his career and the play, 'Fly' that will be performed at Crossroads Theatre from April 7th to April 17th. 'Fly' is the soaring tale of the first African American Army Air Corps known as the Tuskegee Airmen. It is co-written by Ricardo Kahn and Trey Ellis and the Crossroads production is also directed by Kahn. (more...)

Famed Boxer's Son Visits SUGAR RAY at New Harlem Besame RestaurantFamed Boxer's Son Visits SUGAR RAY at New Harlem Besame Restaurant
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

?'Sugar Ray,' the new bioplay by Laurence Holder about Sugar Ray Robinson, was visited Sunday, March 27 by the son of the famed boxing champion, Ray Robinson II.  The younger Robinson, who was enthusiastic about the play on his father, is co-author, with Herb Boyd, of the book 'Pound for Pound,' a biography of Sugar Ray Robinson, which was published by Harper Collins in 2006. (more...)

Site-Specific SUGAR RAY to Play New Harlem Besame Restaurant, 2/26-3/28Site-Specific SUGAR RAY to Play New Harlem Besame Restaurant, 2/26-3/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Sugar Ray Robinson was, pound for pound, the greatest boxer of all time. In his 25-year professional career, from 1940 to 1965, he was boxing history's first winner of five divisional championships (in the middle weight and welterweight divisions). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Remembering Billie AllenPhoto Coverage: Remembering Billie Allen
by Walter McBride - Jan 13, 2016

As reported by The New York Times last weekend, Billie Allen, who helped "bridge the racial gap" both on and off-Broadway in the 1950s and '60s, passed away on December 29, 2015. She was 90 years old. (more...)

Right-to-Die Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Runs thru Nov 23 Off-BroadwayRight-to-Die Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Runs thru Nov 23 Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, performances of this this limited run Off-Broadway engagement run through November 23. (more...)

National Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Opens TonightNational Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, the production opens tonight, November 5, 2015. (more...)

National Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Begins TonightNational Black Theatre's Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, previews begin tonight, October 28 with press opening set for November 5. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre TonightMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA Begins Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production tonight, October 15, to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/1550th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal TheatreMartin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA to Play Updated Run at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's IN WHITE AMERICA, one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street. (more...)

Dark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Begins Performances Off-Broadway in OctoberDark Comedy DEAD AND BREATHING Begins Performances Off-Broadway in October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest continually operating black theater in New York, will present the New York City Premiere of DEAD AND BREATHING by GLAAD Media Award winner Chisa Hutchinson (She Like Girls). Directed by Obie winner Jonathan McCrory, previews begin October 28 with press opening set for November 5. NOTE: this limited engagement is produced on an Off-Broadway contract. (more...)

2015 Innovative Theater Award Winners Announced!2015 Innovative Theater Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

On Monday, September 21, 2015 The Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 11 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2015 recipients at its annual event. Celebrating eleven years and thousands of nominees, the New York Innovative Theatre awards took place at Mason Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center. (more...)

50th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/1550th Anniversary Production of IN WHITE AMERICA to Play New Federal Theatre, 10/15-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

 Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, will revive Martin Duberman's 'In White America,' one of the signature plays of the Civil Rights Era, in a Off-Broadway production October 15 to November 15 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street.  The famed documentary play traces the American quest for racial equality from the earliest days of the republic to the Little Rock crisis of 1957, with dialogue drawn from historical letters, speeches, journals, songs and other personal accounts including recordings of former slaves. Charles Maryan directs an ensemble of seven which includes actor-turned-newscaster-turned-actor Art McFarland. (more...)

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