AUDITIONS for Robin Hood
Saturday, May 21, 4-7pm . . . Needed: 4 Adults (Men & Women)
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THEATRE CAFE Returns on May 17
WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 7pm
WHERE: Hava Java, 526 N. 19th St., Allentown
ADMISSION: $5, suggested donation
Want some dark comedy with your coffee? Experimental theater with your espresso? We’re back at Hava Java on May 17 for a reading of short works by a young New York playwright who’s not afraid to shake things up. Come see why critics call her and her writing, “wonderfully, violently, crudely and delightfully subversive.” Recommended for teens and adults.
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by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona
Allentown Public Theatre thanks the dedicated cast and crew who created this production, and audience members who attended and contributed to thoughtful discussion of the issues.
Here’s what the critics had to say:
“A captivating visit to a place not so far away” – Lehigh Valley Press
“Spare and thought-provoking” – The Morning Call
Set in apartheid-era South Africa, The Island, by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, tells of political prisoners on Robben Island, John (Ryan Fields) and Winston (Jamil Joseph). They labor by day. At night, they prepare for a prison performance of the Greek tragedy, Antigone. Portraying her courage, they air their own dissent.
Praising the actors as “convincing in their portrayals,” the Lehigh Valley Press adds, “Fields plays the role of John with the right touch of levity. Joseph plays Winston with deep bitterness and resignation . . . The underlying dramatic tension is compelling under [Anna] Russell’s direction.” READ full review HERE.
In APT’s production, a chorus representing modern-day American prisoners frames the South African story with music and dance. The chorus includes percussionist Vernon J. Mobley, with dancers Chiedu Mbonu and Theophilus Timothy. These interludes bridge
the gap between past and present. As mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial tensions continue to plague our country, connections are not hard to find.
The Island is part of the Valley-wide arts series, Voices of Conscience: Toward Racial Understanding.