| Open: 04/19/12 Close: 04/29/12
NuAFrikan Theatre celebrates its revival with the new Jacob A. Weiser Playwright Award winning play Dream Deferred, written and directed by Marcus Dargan, opening on April 19, 2012 at the 133rd Street Arts Center.
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.
The cast will include Bisa Y. Dawes, Shannon Harris, Richard Mays, Donald Paul, Eddie K. Robinson, and Curtis Willimas, and features Richard Mays, and Johnnie Mae, an OOBR Award winning actress and two-time recipient of the AUDELCO Award.
About the Company: NuAFrikan Theatre
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. We seek to further pioneer the artistic development and diversity of contemporary theatre, in addition to preserving the art of traditional theatre forms. Our goal is to draw new audiences to theatre, foster and develop aspiring new talent, and introduce appealing and stimulating theatre to communities where it my otherwise be inaccessible.