NuAfrikan Theatre Announces Its Spring 2013 Season with Two New Plays: The Negro Speaks by Marcus Dargan and Broken Motherhood by Miriam Tabb
New York, NY, February 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- NuAFrikan Theatre Artistic Director Marcus Dargan and Producing Director Jajmi Robinson announced the company’s spring 2013 season today. Featuring two world premiere productions, the season includes The Negro Speaks, compiled and adapted by the award-winning playwright Marcus Dargan, and broken motherhood museum, written and directed by Miriam Tabb. Based in Harlem, NuAFrikan Theatre is an emerging theatre company dedicated to producing original, contemporary, and classic theatre in order to engage, educate and empower communities through the African American experience.
“Following our nomination for the AUDELCO 2012 Dramatic Production of the Year for Dream Deferred,” Artistic Director Marcus Dargan said, “I am especially excited to introduce two new and extremely powerful works to the canon of black drama. We will premiere The Negro Speaks at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), an institution that has been generously instrumental in the development of the company since its origin. We will also return to my new favorite venue, the 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem, for the premiere of broken motherhood museum. Miriam Tabb has crafted a raw, haunting, instinctual, and deeply personal work of art that explores the tragic and often absurd expectations of motherhood projected onto women by our modern society. To me, it evokes the spirit of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls... and George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Musuem, but it is fresh, innovative, and uniquely its own. It is a dramatic chorus for all of our daughters, sisters, mothers and brothers to share.”
In collaboration with the BMCC African Heritage Month Committee and the Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts Department, NuAFrikan Theatre begins 2013 in residency at the college with two events throughout the month of February: Changing Races, an applied theatre workshop, and the world premiere of The Negro Speaks.
Changing Races is a workshop that examines the evolution of racial labels for peoples of African descent in America, from “Colored” to “Negro” to “Black” to “African American.” Workshop participants explore social issues concerning racial identity through theatre and drama techniques in an ensemble-based environment facilitated by Marcus Dargan. The workshop will be held on Monday, Febraury 11th, 2013, at 12:00 PM at the BMCC Main Campus (199 Chambers Street) in Room S-341.
NuAFrikan Theatre will end its residency at BMCC with the world premiere of The Negro Speaks, a celebration of African American poetry, prose, and music compiled and adapted by the award-winning playwright Marcus Dargan. The Negro Speaks features performances by BMCC students and alumni, company members, cellist Nioka Workman, and double bassist Larry Roland. Performances will be held on Wednesday, Febraury 27th, 2013, at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the BMCC Main Campus (199 Chambers Street) in the Theatre Studio, Room N-275.
NuAFrikan Theatre events at BMCC are free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Priority will be given to early registrants who RSVP to email@example.com. To view all African Heritage Month events at BMCC, visit http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/calendar/category.jsp?cat_id=90.
NuAFrikan Theatre continues its season with the world premiere of broken motherhood museum, written and directed by Miriam Tabb, in collaboration with NuAFrikan Theatre NuWorks. Broken motherhood museum, a poetic installation theatre piece, exposes the deeply personal struggles women face throughout pregnancy and parenting. While experiencing this living exhibit, the audience is encouraged to engage with the characters as they make difficult, often nontraditional, and taboo choices regarding their bodies, lovers, children, and sexuality. broken motherhood museum is a play in which the audience is challenged to actively view and experience the burden of unrealistic expectations in motherhood we place on women and ourselves.
broken motherhood museum will run 12 performances from April 26-May 5, 2013, at the 133rd Street Arts Center located at 308 West 133rd Street, Harlem, New York. Performances are at 7:00 PM on Tuesday – Saturday evenings, with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General tickets are $20 at the door and are available at the 133rd Street Arts Center box office one hour before curtain or by calling the box office at 347-855-7281. Advance online tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors, students, and artists. To purchase advance online tickets, visit http://brokenmotherhoodmuseum.brownpapertickets.com.
For complete ticket and schedule information, visit http://www.nuafrikantheatre.org/.
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