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TO ALL SUPPORTERS IN MIND BODY & SPIRIT OF THE WORLD PREMIER OF AMIRI BARAKA’S LAST PLAY
We are offering 1/2 price tickets to AMIRI BARAKA'S FIRST PLAY
New Federal Theatre wants to work with you to present Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois) by Amiri Baraka. Since its founding, New Federal Theatre has gone on to international acclaim for its bold mission to integrate minorities and women into the mainstream of American theater by training artists for the profession and by presenting plays by minorities and women to integrated multicultural audiences.
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 and a scholar and political activist known and recognized throughout the world was indicted in 1951, by the US Federal Government as at the age of 82 as “An agent of a foreign power.”
Throughout the play, the focus moves back and forth between the Harlem community and their opinions and the witnesses’ testimony and the courtroom battles. In this way we get a more balanced view of the interior narrative. Video stock footage of significant historical events and speeches will be shown.
Woodie King, Jr. is a founder and Producing Director of New Federal Theatre in New York City. His directional credits are extensive and include work in film as well as Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. In 1985, he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for BOSEMAN AND LENA and in 1987/88 season he won a NAACP Image Award for directing CHECKMATES at Inner City Cultural Center (Los Angeles). In 1988, he directed CHECKMATES, on Broadway in 1987. In 1987, he also directed Charles Dutton in SPLENDID MUMMER at American Place Theatre; in 1990, GOD'S TROMBONES at the Ford's Theatre, and Joe Turner's COME AND GONE at Detroit Rep. In 1991, he directed A RAISIN IN THE SUN and in 1992, he directed THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, both at GeVa. In 1993 he produced and directed Robert Johnson: TRICK THE DEVIL for which he won AUDELCO Awards as Best Director and Best Play of the Year. He directed CHECKMATES at St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. In 1994, he directed AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU at Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, NJ; MUDTRACKS by Regina Taylor at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and A RAISIN IN THE SUN, starring Esther Rolle and Kenny Leon, at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. In the 1996/97 season, he directed Joe Turner's COME AND GONE and Samm-Art Williams' HOME both at Brooklyn College. In the 1998/99 season, he directed ALI at the Crossroads Theatre and ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES and in 2010 MEN IN WHITE both at Ohio State University. He directed THE PIANO LESSON at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville and again at Seminole State College in 2012. Recently he directed THE FABULOUS MISS MARIE starring Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman. He also directed Lonette McKee in the critically acclaimed SOWA'S RED GRAVY. Woodie King, Jr. was a visiting professor at Oberlin College, Florida State University, and Ohio State University. In addition to directing at these universities, he has taught at Yale, Penn State, North Carolina A&T, Columbia, NYU, Hunter, and Brooklyn College School of Contemporary Studies. Mr. King is a Graduate of Will-O-Way School of Theatre in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Lehman College in New York; and received his MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. Mr. King is the recipient of many awards, including the Paul Robeson Award; the Rosetta LeNoire Award; the TCG Award, an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, and Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wayne State University, an Honorary Doctorate from both John Jay College and Lehman College, and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the College of Wooster. In 2012, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mr. King was presented the Ellen Stewart Award by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
The dramatist, novelist and poet, Amiri Baraka is one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. Also, he advocated scientific socialism with his revolutionary inclined poems and aimed at creating aesthetic through them. Amiri Baraka’s writing career spans over nearly fifty years and has mostly focused on the subjects of Black Liberation and White Racism. Today, a number of well known poems, short stories, plays and commentaries on society, music and literature are associated with his name. A few of the famous ones include, ‘The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues’, ‘The Book of Monk’ and ‘New Music, New Poetry’ among others. The literary world respects the playwright and poet, Amiri Baraka as one of the revolutionary provocateurs of African-American poetry. He is counted among the few influential political activists who have spent most of their life time fighting for the rights of African-Americans.
After more than 30 years as a TV and radio News Reporter in New York, Art McFarland returns to the acting career he set aside years before. From the Little Theater Group at Tuskegee University to the Drama Department at the University of Michigan, Art planned a journey that would include roles in theater, TV and film. During his first professional acting job as a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, he was offered the opportunity for advanced acting study at Juilliard. The training was followed by roles in Art’s hometown of Atlanta, including that of Othello in a musical version of Shakespeare’s play, called CATCH MY SOUL. Shortly after returning to New York a few years later, he began what he considers a deeply rewarding career in broadcasting. Art retired from WABC-TV News in May of 2014, he has devoted his time to family, writing and rekindling his experience as an actor.
Petronia Paley, an accomplished and award-winning actor, producer and drama teacher, has worked in classical and contemporary theatre on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre. She recently presented her one-person work ON THE WAY TO TIMBUKTU at Penumbra Theatre Company's as part of the Claude Edison Purdy Festival in Saint Paul, MN. Her extensive list of regional acting credits include: THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND LAVEUVE (Marie Josephine), at Berkeley Rep and Yale Repertory, RAISIN IN THE SUN (Lena), Crossroads Theatre; DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Linda), Oberlin College; KING LEAR (Regan), Yale Repertory; TROJAN WOMEN (Hecuba) Shakespeare Theatre, for which she received a Helen Hayes award nomination. Ms. Paley's New York City stage credits include: on Broadway, ON GOLDEN POND (Ethel) and Off- Broadway: CORIOLANUS (Volumnia) (Audelco nomination); ELECTRA (Clytemnestra) Classical Theatre of Harlem (Audelco Award); RELATIVITY (Dr. Iris Preston)', and THE TRIAL OF ONE SHORT-SIGHTED BLACK WOMAN VS. MAMMIE LOUISE AND SAFREETA MAE (Prosecutor) New Federal Theatre (Audelco Award); Ms. Paley wrote and performed her one-person show ON THE WAY TO TIMBUKTU, first produced at Ensemble Studio and for which she received an Audelco Award. She has appeared in several films and numerous television broadcasts, including: “Transporter,” “2 Days in New York,” “Almost Summer,” and “White Girl.” Television Credits include “Damages,” “Guiding Light” and “Another World.” She has directed both classical and contemporary plays, including KERNEL OF SANITY for New Federal Theatre), and many others for the Ensemble Studio Theatre; Daughter Ensemble Studio Theatre; The I the Actor Showcases; Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre's Raul Julia Showcases Spic Chic Ensemble Studio, Theatre's Repertorio Espangol, National Black Theatre and The Chelsea Playhouse, among many others. Ms. Paley is the founder of I the Actor Acting Studio. She is a member of the Actors Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Rewards for your consideration:
In the first reading of Most Wanted Man In America Ossie Davis played W.E.B. DuBois
Amiri Baraka's first play DUTCHMAN will open Feburary 5, 2015 at Castillo Theatre. It stars Michael Alcide & Ryan Kilpatrick, directed by Woodie King Jr.!
In 1895, W.E.B. DuBois became the first African American to receive a doctorate degree from Harvard.
Where Does The Money Go?
$15,000 – To match a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
$10,000 – Actors and rehearsal costs
$5,000 – Associate Producer
$2,500 – Costumes
$2,500 – Lighting & set design$5,000 – Printing/Mailing
Risks and challenges
We've already set an opening date of May 28, 2015. It will be a Limited Run through June 28, 2015 at Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street, NYC.
We are planning a rehearsal start date of April 20, 2015.
Under Woodie King, Jr.’s stewardship, NFT presented over 300 productions in the last four decades, including: FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, WHAT THE WINE SELLERS BUY, REGGAE, THE TAKING OF MISS JANIE and THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD. His directorial credits are extensive and include work in film on Broadway as well as in theater. Mr. King has directed at the most prominent theaters across the country. He is the recipient of numerous awards from AUDELCO, the NAACP, Drama Critics Circle, an Obie Award and 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awar for Sustained Achievement, Paul Robeson Award from AEA, The Peter Zesler Award, and, is a recent inductee into the Theatre Hall of Fame.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter