NuAFrikan Theatre Premieres CCNY Jacob A. Weiser Award Winning Play in NYC

BMCC and CCNY Theatre Graduate, Marcus Dargan, opens his new play on April 19, 2012 at the 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem, NY.

New York, NY, March 15, 2012 --( Marcus Dargan, Theatre graduate of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and City College of New York (CCNY), premieres his new play Dream Deferred, on April 19, 2012 at the 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem, NY.

Marcus Dargan is the 2009 recipient of the Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award for his play Dream Deferred. The Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award was established by the CCNY Department of Theatre and Speech to assist young playwrights in pursuing their artistic goals. Dream Deferred received stage readings at the CCNY Stage Reading Workshop and as part of the BMCC African Heritage Month programming through the NuAFrikan Theatre NuWorks Series.

In honor of the Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award, NuAFrikan Theatre is offering $5 Tickets to all City University of New York (CUNY) students and staff for the Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:00 PM matinee of Dream Deferred. This CUNY matinee performance will be held at the 133rd Street Arts Center located at 308 West 133rd Street in Harlem, New York. Students and staff may present their CUNY ID at the box office, or reserve advance tickets online at The online discount code for these tickets is: CUNY TIX.

Marcus Dargan is the first student to graduate with an A.S. in Theatre from BMCC. He is a recipient of the Out in Two Scholarship and was granted Academic and Departmental Honors. He obtained his B.A. in Theatre from CCNY with Honors and is currently completing his candidacy for a M.S. Ed in Educational Theatre at CCNY. Dargan is an accomplished director, performer, playwright, and teaching artist. He was last seen in the role created by Ken Page in Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the Harlem Repertory Theatre, garnering 5 AUDELCO Awards nominations.

Marcus Dargan is the Artistic Director of NuAFrikan Theatre, a theatre company he cofounded with fellow BMCC students. During its formative years, NuAFrikan Theatre regularly presented professional productions to the BMCC community through the generous support of the BMCC African Heritage Month Committee and Department of Speech, Communications, & Theatre. Since then, NuAFrikan Theatre has mounted several productions throughout New York City, including the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and the Manhattan Theatre Source. Venturing into its 7th season, NuAFrikan Theatre premieres Dream Deferred at the 133rd Street Arts Center.

Written and directed by Marcus Dargan, Dream Deferred is a one-act play that explores gentrification in Harlem through the monologues of African American residents of a pre-war building, whose survival is threatened by the newly built condominium across their street. In the aftermath of a devastating building fire, its tenants are forced out into the streets facing the looming, pink walls of a high-rise building that has overshadowed their community with an otherworldly presence. They share stories of love and hate for Harlem and their views on the recent changes in their neighborhood. Racial tensions climax as a riot ensues, resulting in a standoff as these Harlem natives strive to reclaim their home.

Dream Deferred will run 13 performances from April 19-29, 2012 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 range from $15-$20. CUNY Wednesday matinee tickets are $5. Tickets may be obtained 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 available at

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