Coming this summer: Robin Hood
Come with us to Sherwood Forest . . .for a rollicking tale of heroism & mischief!
July 22-July 31
Fridays at 6pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 417 N. 7th St., Allentown
THEATRE CAFE Features The Normal Heart
WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 7pm
WHERE: Hava Java, 526 N. 19th St., Allentown
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5
Join us as APT actors give an informal reading of Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play. Set in New York City, The Normal Heart tells of gay activist, Ned Weeks, trying to save an indifferent world from an unknown epidemic. In his battle, he alerts public officials and the community, but is met with passivity and homophobia. The press is silent. Weeks partners with his physician, who seeks government funding to further research. Meanwhile, gay men die – Weeks’s lover among them – leaving survivors with grief, regret, and fear of being the next victim.
The cast includes: Rick Bachl, Troy Brokenshire, Teague Fernandez, Paul Janoski, Remy Kayal, Pat Kelly, Keith Moser, Jeanie Olah, Mike Piz, and Susan Rego.
An activist and a co-founder of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), the playwright was arrested dozens of times while engaging in civil disobedience, trying to awaken the world to the crisis. Between his activism and his writing, Kramer “helped change medicine in this country . . . for the better,” says immunologist Anthony Fauci, known for his HIV/AIDS research. “In American medicine there are two eras. Before Larry and after Larry.”
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.