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Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with the Castillo Theatre, presents

The November Readings

This series is devoted to brilliant one- and two-character plays that most theaters neglect. It will be used to develop African-American writers and select plays the company may present as full productions in its 2019-20 season. The lineup includes works by Edgar Nkosi White, Larry Muhammad, Ivy Omere, Richie McCall, Reginald T. Jackson.

Suggested donation is $10 (at the door). Please reserve your seat by calling the Castillo box office at  212-941-1234.


Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 PM

"Two Can Play"

by Trevor Rhone, directed by Clinton Turner Davis

Gloria and Jim, a lower middle class couple in Jamaica, try their wildest schemes to escape gun crime and establish residence in the United States. They survive because they learn to communicate and rediscover each other.

Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 PM

"The Birds of Baghdad"

by Edgar Nkosi White, directed by Ajene Washington

A solo play performed by Nixon Caesar. A powerful, poetic narration that takes one from Baghdad to the island of Montserrat. It is a story filled with the pains of war and the beauty of nature.

Date TBA

"Looking for Leroy"

by Larry Muhammad

In this two-character play, a young theater intern and LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka debate fundamental questions of theater, aesthetics and artistic expression, weighing the added responsibility of artists of color.

Date TBA

"My Story, My Voice (a one-woman play)"

written and performed by Ivy Omere

The story of a young girl, child of Nigerian immigrants in England, who is cast out of her family into the foster care system and who later returns to navigate life in the troubled home of her own parents.

Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 PM

"Me and Stepin"

written and performed by Richie McCall, directed by Dathan Williams

A struggling actor journeys through years of side-splitting frustration and disappointment on his way to Broadway and finds his true voice in the unlikeliest of places--the spirit of America's most "dissed" black film actor, Stepin' Fetchit.

Sunday, November 18 at 2:00

"Baldwin's Niggers"

by Reginald T. Jackson, directed by Clinton Turner Davis

A two-character play about a fictional meeting between James Baldwin and a Jewish activist named Ezra who comes bearing money for the Civil Rights movement but then refuses to leave because of his intense interest in Baldwin. What transpires is a scandalous and informative evening.


PLEASE NOTE: These readings are not open for review but news and feature coverage are invited.