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Classical Theatre of Harlem Closes SEED, 8/19

On the precipice of closing its doors, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, under new leadership, faced economic & administrative challenges head on, in order to maintain its status as a unique cultural gem in Harlem. The past eight months have been dedicated to reviving the theatre's health & viability. Although the production season was in hiatus, CTH launched 'Project Classics,' bringing free theatre to the children & residents of Grant & Manhattanville public housing. SEED, by Radha Blank, marks CTH's first return to the Harlem School of the Arts since 2006. This Workshop Production is directed by Niegel Smith.

Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to write a book detailing the child welfare case that brought her acclaim. But when Chee-Chee, a gifted ten-year-old from the last "projects" in Anne's gentrified neighborhood, collides with her life, she is forced to confront The Shadows of her past. As an unconventional friendship brews between Anne & Chee-Chee, his young mother Latonya becomes threatened, leading to an explosive encounter.

This compelling new drama presented by Classical Theatre of Harlem, insightfully examines the class & cultural fault lines that exist in one of New York's most prominent Black communities: Harlem.

Featured in this Workshop production are Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Nikiya Mathis, Warner Miller, Tremayne Rollins & Pernell Walker.

The production runs August 4 - 19, 2010, Wed-Sun @ 8pm, Sun @ 2pm; Tues-Thurs @ 8pm, Sat @ 2 & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm; Mon-Thurs @ 8pm.

The venue, Harlem School of the Arts, is located at 645 St. Nicholas Ave. Tickets are $40/$25-Seniors/$20-Students. For reservations, call (866)811-4111, or visit

Photo Credit: Ruth Sovronsky

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