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Stanley Wayne Mathis Joins NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! at FringeNYC

MyCarl Productions, in association with Kampfire Films, is pleased to announce Broadway veteran Stanley Wayne Mathis has joined the cast of NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!!, a new play by Kevin R. Free, directed by Nicole A. Watson as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! will perform on Tuesday August 16 @ 2pm, Wednesday August 17 @ 9:15pm, Saturday August 20 @ 7:15pm, Tuesday August 23 @ 9:30pm, and Friday August 26 @ 4:30pm at The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street). Press are invited to all performances.

Stanley Wayne Mathis was most recently see as Mafala Hatimimbi in the touring production of The Book of Mormon. You might have seen him on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Wonderful Town, Kiss Me, Kate, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Lion King, Jelly's Last Jam and Oh, Kay!

Mr. Mathis will play the role of Clayton. Joining him are Aaron Parker Fouhey (Are You Not Entertained?) as Channing, Obie Award-winner Kevin R. Free (The Fantasticks; The Fire This Time Festival; Gemma & The Bear!) as Ben, Eevin Hartsough (New York Neo-Futurists; Gemma & The Bear!) as Barbra, Romeo Lacandola and T. Thompson (The Messiah Complex) as Jinny.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! is a socially-relevant comedy with a sharp point. The play, a parody of the horror movies "Night of the Living Dead" and "April Fool's Day" contributes to the conversation happening in and around black theater and the #BlackLivesMatter movement about police brutality and blackness under the white gaze.

There's nothing scarier than a white woman bent on saving a race! When guests at Channing's party go missing, Barbra holds the key. A slasher-comedy with a bloody point. You can bury the N-Word; can you make it DIE?!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING N-WORD!! will play the following performances as part of the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC): TUE AUGUST 16 @ 2pm; WED AUGUST 17 @ 9:15pm; SAT AUGUST 20 @ 7:15pm; TUE AUGUST 23 @ 9:30pm; and FRI AUGUST 26 @ 4:30pm. VENUE #13: Players Theatre at 115 MacDougal Street (West 3rd and Bleecker). Running Time: 99 minutes.

Tickets are $18.00 and are available for purchase online or on your smartphone up to 30min prior to the performance at www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=N#NIGHTO. Tickets may also be purchased in person at FringeCentral the day prior to the performance, or at the performance venue 15min prior to the performance (credit card only). For more information, visit www.MyCarl.org.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kevin R. Free (Playwright) is a writer/performer whose work has been developed in many places, including The Moth, The Soundtrack Series, The Queerly and Gotham Storytelling Festivals, and The Where Project. Full-length plays include Face Value (FringeNYC 2000; Henry Street Settlement Playwrights' Project; Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Festival Semifinalist, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (FringeNYC 2010; New Black Fest Fellow, 2012; Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference Semi-Finalist, 2013); The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, or TRIPLE-CONSCIOUSNESS (The Fire This Time Festiva & HEAR IT OUT FESTIVAL, 2013); Night of the Living N-Word!! (National Black Theatre KSA Reading Series, 2014); and AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of AnatomicAl Lewis, The Slave (commissioned by Flux Theatre Ensemble through the Flux Forward Program, 2015). His short works have been performed in NYC at JACK, The Bowery Poetry Club, the Kraine Theatre, The Working Theatre, 48 Hours in Harlem, and The Obie Award-winning Fire This Time Festival (of which he is also the Producing Artistic Director); and he wrote, performed, and directed over 60 very short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. He was the recipient of the Doric A. Wilson Independent Playwright Award in 2014. An accomplished actor, he has narrated over 150 audiobooks, is a recurring voice on the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast, and co-wrote and co-starred in his multiple award-winning webseries Gemma & The Bear! with Eevin Hartsough in 2016. Twitter: @kevinrfree

NICOLE A. WATSON (Director) is a freelance director and educator. Recent credits include, Our Lady of Kibeho (Smith) Joe Turner's Come and Gone (UNSCA) The Fire This Time Festival, Twelfth Night (Long Island University), and The Mountaintop (Kitchen Theatre Company). Nicole directed the world premiere of Johnna Adams' World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival and she was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Drama League where she and playwright MJ Kaufman worked on their collaboration currently titled We Sat in the Death House. Nicole directed the world premiere of the opera Approaching Ali (Kennedy Center). She was the associate director on The Great Society, directed by Bill Rauch (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep), and she works frequently with Ruben Santiago-Hudson, including as an associate producer on the August Wilson Century Cycle for WNYC and on The Piano Lesson (Signature Theater). Nicole is a co-founder and curator of Working Theater's annual Directors Salon, a member of the New Georges' Jam, a 2013 Drama League Fall Fellow, the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women's Josephine Abady Award, and an alum of both the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women's Project Directors Lab. She also teaches at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. BA, Yale. MA, NYU.

Stanley Wayne Mathis (Clayton) Was most recently see as Mafala Hatimimbi in The Book of Mormon. Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It; Wonderful Town; Kiss Me, Kate; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Lion King; Jelly's Last Jam; Oh, Kay! Off-Broadway: ResurGents: The Reappearance of Hope, Real Black MenDon't Sit Crosslegged on the Floor; City Center's St. Louis Woman Regional: Ruined, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Fences, "Master Harold"...and the Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky and Cinderella. TV: 2-2, Criminal Intent, Late Night With Conan O'Brien Film: Brother to Brother, Family on Board, Steve McQueen's Shame

MYCARL PRODUCTIONS is the artistic collaboration of Eevin Hartsough and Kevin R. Free. They first worked together with the Drama Desk-nominated avant-garde theatre company New York Neo-Futurists to develop the full-length plays (Not) Just A Day Like Any Other and You are in an open field. From there, they switched gears to create Gemma & The Bear! a webseries which was an official selection of The Winter Film Awards and won an Award of Excellence from Best Shorts. MyCarl's focus is on making comedic, dangerous, diverse, and, most importantly - socially relevant work in various forms of media. www.MyCarl.org

KAMPFIRE FILMS is a New York-based Production Company, specializing in producing stories which make an impact. Kampfire's short film Speed Grieving, starring Orange Is The New Black's Alysia Reiner (who also co-produced), is packaged with a guide and journal to help people through the grief process. Other projects include the web series Gemma & The Bear! and the upcoming reality TV show We are The Joneses. As a publicist and marketing specialist Kampfire PR works in Off and Off-Off Broadway and was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load, and worked on the publicity team for Jerry Seinfeld, and his movie Comedian. Kampfire has worked with Lions Gate Films, Miramax Films, Killer Films and various other independent film companies. www.kampfirefilms.com


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