Woodie King's New Federal Theatre Honors Chadwick Boseman with Octoberfest Virtual Retrospective Play Readings Fridays from October 2 - October 30
New Federal Theatre Alumni Glynn Turman, Barbara Montgomery, Pauletta Washington, Roscoe Orman, Ebony Jo Ann, Roscoe Orman and La Tanya Richardson Jackson are featured.
By: Fern Gillespie
The Octoberfest play series is dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman, whose acting career was launched at NFT. Boseman had been mentored by NFT founder Woodie King since he was a Howard University student. A lifelong supporter of NFT, Boseman served on the theatre's Board of Directors.
The NFT Octoberfest retrospective readings series plays are:
OCTOBER 2 AT 7:00 PM:
"Do Lord Remember Me" by Jim De Jongh, directed by Regge Life (NFT production 1996-97)
This play dramatizes WPA recordings, collected in the 1930s, of remembrances by former slaves in Virginia. Black elders relate what happened to them nearly a lifetime ago, adopting different personalities and sharing the stories/histories of other slaves.
FEATURING: Ebony JoAnn, Barbara Montgomery, Roscoe Orman, Kim Sullivan, Glynn Turman
OCTOBER 9 AT 7:00 PM
"Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington" by Clare Coss, directed by Gabrielle Kurlander (NFT production 2014)
NAACP Co-founders Mary White Overton, a White suffragist and journalist and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, a Black scholar and editor, are friends and activist allies. While World War I unfolds, this play captures a moment of crisis between these two friends and activist allies.
FEATURING: Kathleen Chalfant and Peter Jay Fernandez
OCTOBER 16 AT 7:00 PM
"From the Mississippi Delta" by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, directed by Ed Smith (NFT production 1987-88)
After being raped by a white employer at the age of 11, Endesha Ida Mae Holland became a rebel. Then, she joins the civil rights movement and develops into a leader. Three actresses relate the story of Holland's upbringing in Jim Crow Greenwood, Miss.
FEATURING: Brenda Denmark, Elain Graham, Verniece Turner
OCTOBER 23 AT 7:00 PM
"Medal of Honor Rag" by Tom Cole, directed by A. Dean Irby (NFT at Theater De Lys, 1976)
A play about survivor guilt. A Black Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and his psychiatrist--
FEATURING: Royce Johnson, Micah Stock, Beethovan Oden
OCTOBER 30 AT 7:00 PM
"Stories of the Old Days" by Bill Harris, directed by La Tanya Richardson Jackson, Associate Producer Linda Herring (NFT production 1986)
A former blues singer living in a decaying church in Detroit never ventures out into the world that rejected him. While playing checkers he and Ivy, one the last members of the congregation, move from animosity to friendship.
FEATURING: Pauletta Washington, Michael Potts
The FREE readings are accessible from NFT's website. Please RSVP at https://www.newfederaltheatre.com. Donations are welcomed.
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