Genre: Drama, Other
John Henry Redwood

No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs, is the story of a Black family in the South living under the rigors of racism. Rawl Cheeks is a loving family man devoted to his wife Mattie and children Joyce and Matoka. The Cheeks are a close-knit church going family struggling to make ends meet. In order to supplement their income they allow Yaveni Aaronson, a sociologist, to do research on their family. Yaveni, a Jew, is gathering material, comparing the trials and tribulations faced by the Blacks under racism with that of the suffering of the Jews under racism, both in Europe and in America. (Oregan Coast News Signal)
About the Company: Nicu's Spoon, Inc.
Founded in early 2001, Nicu’s Spoon is dedicated to producing socially reflective theatre that innovatively challenges stereotypes, and touches the heart in an unexpected way. We are the central theater group in New York City who acts as a home for all - differing colors, abilities, ages, genders, and abilities. We celebrate collaboration in developing productions that are pertinent to today’s global, diverse and rapidly changing world. New York City is full of people who are on the move and unheard, in every skin imaginable. We are committed to involving the spectrum of diverse and multi-abled voices in play selection, programs & internships, our artistic, production and volunteer staffs, and in our audience. Each play involves the rainbow we see around us on the streets of NYC. We see only possibilities and intend to change our perception of the world, one play at a time….

Preview:   07/09/08
Open:   07/09/08
Close:   07/27/08

Wed-sun at 8PM
Theater:   Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$20 gen. admission, $15 for students/seniors
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Pamela O. Mitchell (Mattie Cheeks)has interpreted off-Broadway shows for Performers Access Studio in The Real Inspector Hound, continues to be an avid member and participant of Nicu's Spoon Theater. She has interpreted plays such as The Little Prince, co-acted in Stumps and was the voice of the Deaf woman in the upcoming reading by Raymond Luzcak, Love In My Veins. Has interpreted other off-Broadway plays which include, Freeda Peoples at the Billie Holiday Theater, Inc., Girl Scouts' 90th Anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden, Promise of the Park with Theater In Motion, The World in Her Hands: The Helen Keller Story, The Nutcracker, and Roots of Rap with the Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT), New York Revels at the Peter Norton Symphony Space and Five 'Til at The Dixon Place Theater. She also interprets music such as Gospel, Folk, Country, Jazz, and Rap concerts and enjoys storytelling for both the young and the "young at heart". She is a Pre-Certified Sign Language Interpreter studying to become Nationally Certified. She holds a Professional Certificate in ASL/English Interpretation Projects (ITP) from Fiorella H. LaGuardia Community College.
Aaliyah Miller (Joyce Cheeks) believes the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream. This belief has kept her grounded as an artist and professional working in projects that encompass theatre, television, and film. Aaliyah is excited to be a part of this cast and Nicu's Spoon production. She thanks her mom, sister, boyfriend, and friends for their continuous support.
Russell Waldman (Yaveni Aaronson) is native New Yorker born and raised in Queens. As a one of the first students in Hillcrest H.S. Theatre Education Department he studied under Dr. Steven Posner, spending 6 months of his senior year as an intern to Wynn Handman and Julia Miles at the American Place Theater. As happens with artists, life temporarily derailed him. He met a woman, fell in love, got married, had a child, and temporarily joined the ranks of corporate cubicle dwellers. In a flash, at the ripe young age of 42 the acting bug upon him again.

He forged ahead with the "Russell Conservatory System of Acting & Training; i.e. attending workshops, seminars, and acting classes, brushing up with Labyrinth Theatre company members, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, and acting coach Florence Young. Russell was last seen as an "Alien" in Nicu's Spoon production of "Tales of the Lost Formicans" and appeared as Ed-Kills-on-Top in Nicu's Spoon staged reading of Spokane as well as directing and narrating last springs reading of Casualties of the Great White Washer.

Russell is Itzak Golem in the indie film titled "Messhugeneh" directed by Eric Morris Eskenzai for Gum Grove Films. Russell is also set to direct A Kite Cut Loose in the Middle of the Sky in Fall 2008. Additionally he assisted Stephanie Barton-Farcas with Buried Child and was assistant director and General manager for Nicu's Spoons debut (in our own space) of RICHARD lll and Production manager for of KOSHER HARRYS and ELIZABETH REX (due to go Off-Broadway this August).

Rachel Handshaw - Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Williamstown Theatre Festival), School for Devils, Beauty and the Beast, The Hairy Ape (Hangar Theatre Lab Co.), 365 Days/365 Plays (Genesius Theatre Group), Pericles (RADA), Schooled and Unschooled (Dixon Place) Syllogism (Theatre Studio Inc.), Women Beware Women (Hidden Staircase), Rapture (The Producers Club) Bash, The Maids (New Workshop Theatre), The Grace of Mary Traverse, Yerma (SLC), The Crucible (IAA Theatre) Education: Sarah Lawrence College, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, British American Drama Academy, The Actors Center.

Patrick Mitchell (Rawl Cheeks) is a 20 year veteran to the stage; he has played "Othello" (Shakespeare in the Park Lex. Ky.), Malcolm X in "The Meeting" at the Paul Robeson Theater and "Grey Panthers" with New Federal Theater. He has recently been seen at the Billie Holiday Theater as Deacon Beasley in "Freeda Peoples", at the Spoon Theater with New Perspective Theater in Anton Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" and "Samsons Way" at Black Spectrum Theater. He has also worked with BABS Productions of "Skeletons" and The Diversity Players of Harlem's "A Family Play". On film he was featured in Pantomime Films "Caged" as Bernie, and Cubecity's production of "Dear J". As a stand up touring the country he has worked with Mark Curry, Sinbad and Jamie Foxx.

Born on December 29, 1985, Dana Jones (Aunt Cora) spent most of her life in Montclair, New Jersey. She realized her interest in the performing arts at a very early age. Throughout high school Dana was a member of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, and she was a member of the National Thespian Society.In 2002 Dana worked with DreamCatcher repertory in an original play called Brink of life. In 2004 Dana played young Dinah in an original play titled, The Other Side of Newark, by Enid Rudd. Dana's performance in this production was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award. Last year Dana competed in a Singin' New Jersey vocal competition where she placed 2nd in the musical theater category. Dana gave birth to a baby girl seven months ago, and currently is enrolled in American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she is working on a BFA in Musical Theater.

New to the theater, Skai Konyha (Matoka Cheeks)has never been one to turn down the opportunity to perform as a natural drama queen. Ever since she was a toddler, Skai has always had a flare for the dramatics. Now, at ten years of age, Skai is making her acting debut in the production of No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. When Skai is not rehearsing, she loves to perform with her classmates from her tap and modern dance classes at the school she attends in Midtown as a fourth grader. Big news in the fourth grade this year? Where is everyone going to apply for middle school and what new, stray pet is Skai saving in her bedroom zoo?

Marvin Telp is originally from Baltimore, MD. He moved to New York two years ago to chase his dream of becoming a professional actor.  He has received his training at Penn - State University and a series of advanced acting courses throughout New York City.  He has great determination and energy and grinds hard everyday to make his a dream a reality.