New Federal Theater

Todays Date: 06/27/22
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"Champion" / "The Stuttering Preacher"  | Open: 04/06/06 Close: 04/30/06
David Paladino's "Champion" and Levy Lee Simon's "The Stuttering Preacher"

"Champion," directed by Tommy R. Hicks, co-stars its renowned author, playwright/performer David Paladino, who plays Anthony Pisano, a man who struggles with major life altering challenges; and prominent actor Ski Cutty Carr, who plays a man whose own trials and tribulations are paramount to the play's intriguing plot.

"The Stuttering Preacher," directed by Woodie King, Jr., co-stars its award winning author, Levy Lee Simon, as the speech challenged ladies man and title character; and gifted actress Joyce Sylvester, who plays Efay, a proud Black woman tired of deceitful, game playing men and bad relationships; until she crosses romantic paths with "The Stuttering Preacher. "

Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged on the Floor  | Open: 02/02/06 Close: 02/26/06
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theater once again elevates the Black theatrical Diaspora with its intense new stage production; "Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged On The Floor (a collage in blues)."

Opening February 2nd and running through February 26th (Thursday-Friday, 7:30PM; Saturday, 8:00PM; Sunday, 3:00PM), "Real Black Men...," brilliantly written by Malik and daringly directed by Passion, is a seamless cohesion of poetry, prose, blues, rap and rhythm, that fearlessly takes an unflinching look at being Black and male in a hostile environment.

Featuring a stellar cast of gifted, multidimensional actors: Chet Anekwe, Jerome Preston Bates, D. K. Bowser, Gerard Catus, Arthur French, Nyasha Hatendi, Stanley Wayne Mathis and Charles Reuben (all courtesy of Actors Equity), "Real Black Men..." spans three decades (the 1960s through the 1990s), tracing the complicated lives of eight men of color and consciousness.

Among the play's captivating, multidimensional characters are a conjure man, cursed by his ex-lover; a gay man with AIDS who travels to Africa on a last journey of self-discovery; a wheelchair-bound Viet Nam veteran taunted by the ghost of a Viet Cong guerrilla fighter with, "Black man, why you fight here"; a jailhouse blues man; a spirit of the unborn who weaves in and out of all of the men's lives.

Playing at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center/Experimental Theatre (466 Grand Street-Manhattan), and enhanced by a talented and tireless production staff (Stage Manager: Bayo, Set Designer: Ademola Olugebefola, Lighting Designer: Shirley Prendergast, Costume Designer: Vassie Welbeck-Browne, Sound Designer: Sean O'Halloran, Choreographer: Lynnard Williams, Musical Director: Gregg Payne, and Casting Director Lawrence Evans, this amazing, highly anticipated New Federal Theatre production, "....runs hot, runs cool, and strikes at the core of why "Real Black Men Don't Sit Crosslegged On The Floor."

It's the must see dramatic stage experience of the year! General Admission is $15.00. For card orders call Ticket Central Box Office (212-279-4200). E-mail the NFT at, or visit their web-site at