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    2010

     

     

    TRAVELIN' SHOES
    Written and Performed by Denise Lock
    Directed by Jeffery V. Thompson
    Saturday, June 19th at 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 20th at 2:00pm

    and

    LAST SAINT ON SUGAR HILL and PITBULLS
    Written by Keith Josef Adkins
    Directed by Leah Gardiner
    LAST SAINT ON SUGAR HILL : Friday, June 25th at 7:00pm
    PITBULLS: Saturday, June 26th at 7:00pm

    Performances take place at New Perspectives Theatre Company
    456 West 37th Street, Ground Floor (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
    Reservations: 212-630-9945 or contact@nptnyc.org
    $10 Suggested Donation

    Travelin' Shoes premiered at the NPTC Voices from the Edge Festival and we are proud to offer the latest version of this fascinating, personal story: The death of Raven Williams' father sends her on a dual journey, into her future and back to her past. Raven's provocative and lively adventures take her to Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, The Fiji Islands, Greece and back to Harlem, awakening a dormant childhood memory. Denise Lock has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She has sung the role of Maria in numerous productions of Porgy & Bess. Ms. Lock toured with The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble for two seasons. She has appeared in Off and Off-Off Broadway productions and in industrial films. Travelin' Shoes is a brief chapter in her book of life...

    In keeping with its tradition of providing physical and artistic space for new works, NPTC proudly supports Keith Josef Adkins in the development of two new works:

    In Pitbulls, right-wing politics and the liberal left clash in this exciting play about what's really at the heart of America. Mary, black and rural, makes wine for a living. She also lives on the edge of a conservative town where pitbulls are the new American mascot. When the mayor's pitbull is murdered on the Fourth of July, things fall apart and Mary must come face-to-face with the town which thrives on intolerance. What if your town was populated by Black Tea Baggers?

    Harlem is the setting for The Last Saint on Sugar Hill, a play about gentrification and family loyalty. When Napolean Pedigrew learns a realty company wants to purchase one of his properties, his life's dream comes true, and he'll stop at nothing to make sure it happens. Even if it means betraying family. This daring play asks who really pays the cost for progress.

    Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include The Final Days of Negroville, The Dangerous, Safehouse, On the Hills of Black America, among others. He's a recent recipient of an ACT/Hansberry Project commission, a Public Theater/NYSCA commission, 2009 New Professional Theater Playwriting Award and a Kesselring Fellowship nomination. His feature screenplay The Disappearing is in development with SimonSays Entertainment. Keith has also blogged on culture at TheRoot.com.