NFT Alum Washington Applauds Baraka's

"Most Dangerous Man" at Castillo

It was the closing weekend of a sold-out run of Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois), the powerful play about the final years of the activist and scholar W.E.B. DuBois, a New Federal Theatre production in association with theCastillo Theatre. Among the audience was Denzel Washington, a New Federal Theate alumnus and long-time friend of NFT's Producing Director Woodie King, Jr. After the performance, actors Art McFarland and Petronia Paley were joined by Mr. Washington, flanked by All Stars founder Dr. Lenora Fulani, Castillo Artistic Director Dan Friedman and All Stars New York Director of Programs Diane Stiles.


 

2015 All Stars Talented Volunteers

Bowlathon Exceeds Goals!

The annual Bowlathon was a beautiful mix of All Stars youth leaders, donors, friends, and family. Volunteers collectively raised $21,671 for All Stars Project youth programs-- and checks are still coming in! A great time was had.  Thanks again to everyone who made this event such a success!



The Proverbial Loons

in Musical Comedy at Castillo

Nine talented improvisers (one of them on piano) create a fully improvised musical inspired by the lives of two audience members. See your life transformed into a zany musical, or just watch and enjoy the show. It's guaranteed to be entertaining and ridiculous! See "Out In New Jersey" news article!

 

Featuring: David Nackman, Andy Parker, Ava Jenkins, Cathy Rose Salit, John B. Opdycke, Marian Rich, John Rankin and Olivia Hartle, with Frank Spitznagel on piano.

The Loons perform on Saturday evenings at 8 PM: Next shows August 1, 8, 15, 2015

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMMUNITY MEETING

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Performing Fred Newman:

Scenes, Songs, and Of Course, Waffles

The 4th annual celebration of the life and work of Castillo's late founder and long time artistic director Fred Newman was held at the theatre this past June 22nd. If you missed it, the following short video will give you a sense of the warm and informal evening. Scenes from Newman plays were performed by ensembles cast on the spot; songs from Newman/Roboff musicals were sung by everyone; waffles were prepared and served by Castillo's associate managing director John Rankin III and his fabulous team of volunteer cooks.




2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for

Political Theatre Celebrated May 17th

The 17th annual Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre were celebrated at the Castillo Theatre on May 17, honoring the awardees...

Bond Street Theatre has been creating innovative theatre works that cross cultural borders and illuminate social issues since 1976. Their goal is to promote peace and understanding by collaborating with theatre artists worldwide and initiating community-based arts projects. Bond Street explores the relevance of the arts in areas of conflict and poverty, with a special focus on refugees, women and youth, and advocates for artists as powerful spokespersons for their communities. The company has created theatre projects for conflict resolution, healing and empowerment in more than 30 counties worldwide, with current projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Kenya.

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the award-winning national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. He devises, directs and collaborates on cross-sector projects around the nation, is on faculty at Northwestern University, wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue, and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Carlton and Maurice Turner together founded M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) in the late 1990s, a flexible ensemble focused on collaborative creation in communities. Based in Mississippi, the Turner brothers are artists, arts educators and cultural organizers who use the performing arts to help young people empower themselves and facilitate conversations about the role of art and culture in the broader struggles of our society.


 

 

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at Castillo

for Most Dangerous Man in America

(June 13, 2015) From left to right, actors Art McFarland and Petronia Paley, Mayor Baraka, director Woodie King, Jr., and Diane Stiles of Castillo Theatre. Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B DuBois) continues to draw full houses and rave reviews from audience members and critics alike.





Castillo House Staff: A Proud Performance!


The house staff volunteers of the Castillo Theatre handled the sell-out crowds of our most recent show in stride, continuing to live up to their reputation as being of "the highest caliber I have experienced at any theater-- including Broadway theater" (Review by G.S. Bowen of Manhattan Neighborhood Network). Pictured left to right on the closing weekend of Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois) are Janetta King, Tanya Rosado, Sarah Goode, Faith Vann, Betsy Cruz, Bernadene Weekes, Jorge Bolano, Jennifer Engstler, James Dickson and Dianne Finn.