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2014-2015 SEASON

 

Will It Ever Happen?

Read the Season Statement here. 

 

Accept "Except" LGBT NY

October 23 - November 23, 2014   By Karimah    Directed George Faison
A production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.

ACCEPT "EXCEPT" LGBT NY is about the struggle for justice in America from slavery to modern day Gay Rights. It tells the story of two twenty-year olds brought together after being chased by angry mobs; a male from the plantation era (18th Century) and a female from the penitentiary era (21st Century).  In December of 1865, the 13th Amendment transferred ownership of slaves and involuntary servants from private owners to government entities - from plantations to penitentiaries.  Accept “Except” explores this one exception of the 13th Amendment.

 

Still on the Corner

November 7 - December 14, 2014    Directed by David Nackman

It’s the holiday season in the New York City of 1993. Those who live in the co-ops on Riverside Drive cozily deck their halls. But outside, on the cold streets of the city, many struggle just to stay alive. The so-called homeless build a community of support and warmth, while relying on the small acts of caring doled out by their neighbors living in the nearby apartments. The Newman-Roboff musical Still on the Corner looks at the impact the growing gap between wealth and opportunity in America has on us all. “Will it ever happen?” sings the show's ensemble. Will all of this ever change? The play offers no easy answers. Created by the team that gave us Sally and Tom (The American Way), with book and lyrics by Fred Newman, and music by Annie Roboff (Grammy-nominated and Country Music Award song writer). 



The Proverbial Loons


First Saturdays at 8 PM

2015 performance dates: September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 5

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.

 

 


All Stars Talent Show: Harlem Audition

Saturday, October 11, 2014    CS133 Fred R. Moore Academy,  2121 Fifth Avenue at 131st Street     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.

 

All Stars Talent Show in Harlem!  

Saturday, November 15, 2014    2:30 PM
A. Philip Randolph High School,  443 West 135th Street (between Convent Ave. and St Nicholas Terrace)   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.


Dutchman

February 5 - March 8, 2015   By Amiri Baraka   Directed by Woodie King, Jr.
A production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.

The title Dutchman is an allusion to The Dutch East India Company, the most renowned slave ship company of the 17th century, whose flagship for the voyages between West Africa and America, tradition says, was named Flying Dutchman. The literary legend is The Flying Dutchman in which the central character is ever in pursuit of prey that can never be caught. This production will include the music of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Experimental, allegorical and angry, Dutchman is set on a New York City subway train, where Lula, a young white woman, strikes up a conversation with Clay, a young middle-class black man. As the play unspools, she goads him, with liberal righteousness, into releasing the anger that, as a black man, he must surely be harboring.



All Stars Talent Show: Bronx Audition

Saturday, January 31, 2015   11:30 AM   Dewitt Clinton HS, 100 West Mosholu Parkway South
Admittance: $5 per person  Note: Performance Workshop will immediately follow Audition!

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 for more information.


Sizwe Banzi is Dead

February 20 - 22, 2015   By Athol Fugard   Directed by Marlon Campbell
A production of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.

Into the shop of a worldly wise photographer enters a nervous and somewhat mysterious man requesting a portrait. The outrageous story that unfolds between them opens a compassionate and humorous window into the lives of ordinary people in apartheid-era South Africa. This cleverly crafted Tony award-winning farce by the legendary Athol Fugard features a stellar cast of Rudolph Shaw, Fulton Hodges and Gary Lawson.


 

All Stars Talent Show in the Bronx! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015    2:30 PM   Dewitt Clinton HS, 100 West Mosholu Parkway South 
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 for more information.

 

 

Emmett, Down in My Heart

April 17 - May 17, 2015  

By Clare Coss    •    Directed by Erica Gould

A play about fourteen-year-old African-American Emmett Till, his brutal slaying for allegedly wolf whistling at a white woman, the ensuing trial that acquitted the murderers, and the chord struck in the national consciousness, as both Black and white face profound truths about their humanity and responsibility. 





Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois)

May 28 through June 28, 2015


Most Dangerous Man in America is a dramatic reflection of one of the most traumatic events in the terrible period of McCarthyism. W.E.B DuBois, a co-founder of the NAACP, a scholar and political activist, known and recognized throughout the world, was indicted in 1951 by the US federal government at the age of 82 as "an agent of a foreign power." In the play, the focus moves back and forth between the Harlem community and their opinions, the witnesses' testimony and the courtroom battles.

Read the New York Times article about this production!

Showtimes: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM


 

 

All Stars Talent Show in Queens!  

Saturday, June 13, 2015    2:30 PM
August Martin High School, 156-10 Baisley Blvd.  (between 155th and 157th Streets)   Adult and child tickets: $10

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



Join Castillo friends on Monday, June 22 from 6:00-9:00 pm to celebrate the life and work of our late artistic director and resident playwright, Fred Newman. The fourth annual Performing Fred Newman play reading celebration will transform the Fred Newman stage in the All Stars lobby into a cavalcade of readings and songs from the Castillo/Newman canon...  And we're the stars! We'll sing and play through the evening, dipping into scenes and tunes from Newman favorites. Waffles and potluck will start at 6:00 pm with pick-up performances shortly thereafter.  Bring something to share for the potluck if you can — and of course bring your moxy to get up, sing, strut your acting stuff...or perform as the greatest audience ever.

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

 

 

 

Mario Fratti - Fred Newman Political Play Contest

Monday August 3 at 7:00 PM

IRREVERSIBLE  •  by Jack Karp •  Directed by Mary Beth Easley •  As WWII grinds on, scientist Robert Oppenheimer and his brother Frank are doggedly developing the first nuclear bomb. A bitter controversy surrounds the new weapon, and the two men whose lives are torn apart in a battle between conscience and ambition.


Monday August 10 at 7:00 PM

MIRRORS • By Azure D. Osborne-Lee • Director TBD • Set in the sleepy Mississippi town of Etheridge in the summer of 1960, 
Mirrors 
depicts the lives of three African-American women bound by love and loss and family, and the secrets of their shared past.