Saturday, February 7, 2009

African American Theatre Artists Come Together for Panel

On Monday, February 23 at 7pm, six New York theater institutions will participate in a special panel discussion featuring five current and upcoming shows. Harlem Stage (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street) will host producing companies Classical Theatre of Harlem, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Signature Theatre Company in an evening titled I’VE KNOWN RIVERS: A Conversation with Christina Anderson, Charles Fuller, Lynn Nottage & Liesl Tommy.

Moderated by actress Sabrina LeBeauf (Three Sisters, Classical Theatre of Harlem in partnership with Harlem Stage, February/March), the evening’s four panelists will be Christina Anderson (author, Inked Baby, Playwrights Horizons, March/April), Charles Fuller (author, Zooman and the Sign, Signature Theatre Company, March/April), Lynn Nottage (author, Ruined, Manhattan Theater Club, January-March) and Liesl Tommy (director, The Good Negro, The Public Theater, March/April).

The event title comes from a poem by Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

Admission to the event is FREE. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Harlem Stage box office at (212) 281-9240 ext. 19/20 or via e-mail at (limit two per person). Harlem Stage Gatehouse is located at 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street. Subway directions: 1 to 137th Street at Broadway. Walk south to 135th Street and walk east two blocks to Convent Ave. and 135th Street. A, B, C, D to 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk east one block to Morningside Drive. and 125th Street. Walk north to 135th Street and Convent Ave (Morningside Drive. turns into Convent Ave. past 127th Street). Entrance to both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall are located on Convent Ave.

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