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CURRENT SEASON 2013-2014

 

"Waiting for a New America"

Read the Season Statement here. 

 

Mario Fratti - Fred Newman Political Play Contest

 Mondays September 16, 23 and 30, 2013

Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. Now entering its seventh year, the contest encourages the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political, social, cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage. While in the broadest sense Castillo recognizes all theatre to be political, the contest seeks politically progressive plays that examine social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; reflect the concerns and interests of communities; and/or explore the importance of community itself. 
 
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Waiting for Godot

September 20 - October 13, 2013

Waiting for Godot is one of the most significant plays of the 20th century and Irish avant-garde playwright Samuel Beckett one of the most influential writers of our time. The Castillo Theatre and the New Yiddish Rep have come together to present this existentialist tragicomedy as it has never been seen before, in a new production performed entirely in Yiddish (with English and Russian supertitles). A millennium of Yiddish history and culture echoes hauntingly through Beckett’s minimalist, evocative, and savagely humorous masterpiece. It’s a transformative journey, a glimpse into a world without boundaries, and a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.


 
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Stealin' Home

 October 11 - November 24, 2013

In Fred Newman’s paean to baseball and to one of the game’s most enduring legends, Jackie Robinson, the Castillo Theatre reflects on the famed Brooklyn Dodger’s life and extraordinary career. At once poetic and political, Stealin’ Home is Newman’s probing, fictional portrait of the man who broke the color barrier in the great American pastime. 

Please note that Stealin' Home contains adult language. Parental discretion advised.
 
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In the Wine Time

 October 24 - November 24, 2013

A timely revival of Ed Bullins’ classic play, “In the Wine Time” is a brilliantly written drama filled with laughter, rage, dreams imagined and unfulfilled. The Dawson family lives on a small side street of a large northern American industrial city in the early 1950s. The setting provides the explosive landscape for an event which changes their lives forever.
 
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The Proverbial Loons


May 3 & 17, June 7, August 2, 9 & 16, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6, 2014 

Castillo's veteran musical improv team invites two audience members onstage for a "living room-style" conversation. The Loons get to know them, and then perform an improvised musical comedy that weaves together their affectionately embellished lives.

 

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All Stars Talent Show: Bronx Audition

Saturday, April 26, 2014    Doors open at 1 PM

Evander Childs High School,  
800 Gun Hill Road (between Barnes & Bronxwood)
Trains: #2 to Gun Hill Rd. Turn left on Gun Hill to go east 3 blocks to the school.     Admittance: $5 per person

Long before Castillo was performing the world it was performing the city, and the All Stars Talent Show Network is the name of that performance. For over two decades Director of Youth Programs Pam Lewis and her All Stars have been a source of young talent, and those vibrant performances continue this year—across the five boroughs and in cities around the country. Sponsored by the nonprofit All Stars Project, the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) is an after-school, performance-based enrichment program for inner city youth. Each year, thousands of children and young adults, ages 5-25, participate in several dozen All Stars events. These include auditions, rehearsals, talent shows and performance workshops that take place in local school auditoriums and at the All Stars Project headquarters on 42nd Street.

Call 212 941-9400 ext. 347 or 387 for more information.


Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

 

January 17 - February 16, 2014
Written by Clare Coss       Directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander
Starring Timothy Simonson as W.E.B Du Bois and Kathleen Chalfant as Mary White Ovington

Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington captures the two esteemed founders of the NAACP in a moment of crisis in 1915-- when Du Bois submits his letter of resignation.  Du Bois, educator, human rights activist, African-American visionary leader, and Ovington, a white Unitarian, granddaughter of abolitionists and outspoken justice advocate, spar, flirt, clash, reveal secrets, and compete to save their vital work.

 
 
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All Stars Talent Show in the Bronx! 


Saturday, June 14, 2014    2:30 PM

Evander Childs High School,  
800 Gun Hill Road (between Barnes & Bronxwood)
Trains: #2 to Gun Hill Rd. Turn left on Gun Hill to go east 3 blocks to the school.     Admittance: $5 per person

Long before Castillo was performing the world it was performing the city, and the All Stars Talent Show Network is the name of that performance. For over two decades Director of Youth Programs Pam Lewis and her All Stars have been a source of young talent, and those vibrant performances continue this year—across the five boroughs and in cities around the country. Sponsored by the nonprofit All Stars Project, the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) is an after-school, performance-based enrichment program for inner city youth. Each year, thousands of children and young adults, ages 5-25, participate in several dozen All Stars events. These include auditions, rehearsals, talent shows and performance workshops that take place in local school auditoriums and at the All Stars Project headquarters on 42nd Street. 

Call 212 941-9400 ext. 347 or 387 for more information.



Performing Fred Newman: A Tribute Marathon of Plays


Saturday, March 29, 2014


Please join us for our annual celebration of the life and works of Castillo's late playwright-in-residence Fred Newman (1935-2011). It's a day of multiple, simultaneous readings, and anyone can join in as an actor or audience member. The reading are free. Pop in for one or spend the afternoon. We hope you will join us -- and bring a potluck snack for all!

A schedule of readings will be posted here by March 10th.

Admission is free. To reserve, call the Castillo Box Office at 212-941-1234.

 

 


The Fabulous Miss Marie

April 17- May 18, 2014

A production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.      

The Fabulous Miss Marie was first produced in 1971 at the New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem. Set during a three-day holiday party at the home of Marie Horton in the Wilshire section of Los Angles in the early 1960s, it takes place against the backdrop of the Civil Right Movement and on the eve of the Watts Rebellion. Most of the play’s middle class characters, however, are distant from those upheavals; instead they drink, flirt, quarrel and reminisce as they hope that their lives in the emerging Black middle class can shield them against the painful legacy of slavery and racism in America.

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The Donut Play (A Love Story in 24 Conversations)

 

 

May 30 - June 22, 2014
      

The Donut Play’ (A Love Story in 24 Conversations) is a contemporary new play by Dan Friedman. It follows a handful of young, working-class New Yorkers as they try to figure out how to get by — and discover new ways to give each other support along the way. Over the course of 24 short scenes, we get to know Darryl, an African American construction worker, and Mukta, an Indian American waitress, and the sweet and unusual love story that unfolds at a local doughnut shop. The Donut Play looks at how a step away from what’s comfortable can be a step toward surprising new experiences, growth — and maybe even new ways to love.


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