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Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre

January 13, 2018, with an added performance on MLK Day, January 15th. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston, with music by Victor Zupanc, the show is inspired by four of Keats' most beloved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Award-winning The Snowy Day. The show celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city - from making tracks in the freshly fallen snow, to learning how to whistle, to imagining new worlds with a best friend who lives across the hall - these small moments of delight and joy are captured beautifully. Incorporating shadow puppets, songs, mime and humor, the 45 minute show for children will appeal to all ages.

The cast includes Tay Bass as Player 1, Jahbril Cook as Peter, and Garrett Gray as Player 2. Bass joins the cast after appearing as Ursula (Much Ado About Nothing, Texas Shakespeare Festival), Mimi (RENT, Bristol Valley Theatre) and in S.T.A.R. (The Directors Company).

Cook's credits include Nature Whatever at New Georges, Sunday in the Park With George, [title of show], Godspell (CMTS), and Columbia's 121st Annual Varsity Show.

Garrett Gray is a company member of the American Mime Theater and he has also appeared as Bob in David Mamet's American Buffalo at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta.

Director/Producer Julia Beardsley O'Brien (dir. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) thinks this deceptively simple script has emerged at a critical moment. Ms. O'Brien states: "It is still rare today to find heroes in children's picture books who are not white, and rarer still for young people to be able to see a multiracial cast onstage. Dialoguing with all children about race issues and the history of race in America is essential, and I would love for this production to open doors for adults to begin that discussion with their kids. There is something so hopeful about the way Keats invites us into this conversation by letting us simply step into another person's (in this case Peter's) shoes. Whatever experiences an audience member is bringing into the theatre, I believe he or she will be able to find a glimpse of their own childhood in Peter - through his feelings and the small moments of his life. I hope we give audiences the chance to remember the many things we all have in common through our shared humanity."

The Snowy Day was a Caldecott Award winner in 1963, the same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and is significant in that it was one of the first successful children's books to feature an African American protagonist.

From the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: "Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was a pioneer in American children's literature. He based the lives of his multiracial characters on his childhood but added loving parents, friends and pets. He wanted no child to be an outsider. 'If we could see each other exactly as the other is,' he wrote, 'this would be a different world."

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats performs every Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Luke's Theatre through March 31. Special added performance on MLK Day, Monday, January 15th. Matinee performances for schools and other groups can be arranged by calling 718-483-5989 or via e-mail at thesnowydayplay@gmail.com. Tickets at $35 are available through www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Running time is 45 minutes and the show is most appropriate for children age 3-8. For more information, visit www.thesnowydayplay.com.

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Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre
Tay Bass, Jahbril Cook, and Garrett Gray in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats opening at St. Luke's Theatre January 13th. photo credit: Adam Smith Jr.

Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre
Garrett Gray and Jahbril Cook as Willie the Dog and Peter in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. The show features puppets by shadow puppet artist Charlotte Lily Gaspard. photo credit: Adam Smith Jr.

Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre
Jahbril Cook as Peter, Garrett Gray, and Tay Bass as Amy in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. photo credit: Adam Smith Jr.

Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre
Jahbril Cook as Peter in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. photo credit: Adam Smith Jr.

Photos: NYC Premiere Of THE SNOWY DAY... Opens On MLK Day Weekend At St. Luke's Theatre
Tay Bass as Archie and Jahbril Cook as Peter in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. photo credit: Adam Smith Jr.


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