Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala and Evelyn Spahr Set for Rachel Chavkin-helmed LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE by Caryl Churchill at NYTW, April 18 – May 27

Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is presenting LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, by NYTW Usual Suspect and five-time Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill (Love and Information; A Number) directed by NYTW Usual Suspect, Tony Award nominee, & three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).  LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, which will be NYTW’s eighth collaboration with Churchill, will begin previews on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with an opening night set for Monday, May 7 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), for a limited run through Sunday, May 27, 2018.

The cast for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE includes Vinie Burrows (Walk Together Children), Rob Campbell (All the Way), Matthew Jeffers (The Mysteries), Mikéah Ernest Jennings (MASTER), Gregg Mozgala (Cost of Living) and Evelyn Spahr (The Post).

The creative team includes scenic design by Riccardo Hernández (Indecent), costume design by Toni-Leslie James (Amazing Grace), lighting design by Isabella Byrd (Sundown, Yellow Moon), sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman (The Rape of the Sabine Women), properties by Noah Mease (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), original music and music direction by Orion Johnstone ({my lingerie play}: The Concert and Call to Arms!!!!!!!!!) and stage management by Jhanaë Bonnick (That Bachelorette Show).

On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown on the NYTW stage and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill’s incisive drama LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.

Single tickets for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE are $65, with $25 tickets available for performances from April 18-19 and $45 tickets available for performances from April 20-29.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Saturday, April 21; no performance on Tuesday, May 8; and no 7pm performance on Sunday, May 20.

http://www.nytw.org

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André De Shields, Charles Busch, Len Cariou and More Celebrate Vinie Burrows at Theater for the New City’s Annual LOVE N’ COURAGE Gala

Len Cariou, Honoree Vinie Burrows and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, actress and activist Vinie Burrows was honored at Theater for the New City’s annual LOVE N’ COURAGE Gala, held at The Players Club in New York City.

Len Cariou, Vinie Burrows and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Len Cariou, Vinie Burrows and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Burrows, now 89-years-strong,  was saluted and celebrated for her contributions to the life and culture of New York City, with a special emphasis on the Lower East Side, where Theater for the New City has withstood the test of time and gentrification, having recently paid off its mortgage on its theater complex at 155 First Ave. (10th St.)

André De Shields and Charles Busch. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Charles Busch. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted by Phoebe Legere (who also performed), the program featured performances by André De Shields, Charles Busch, Glitter Kitty Dance, Luba Mason, KT Sullivan, Malik Work, TNC After School, Yip Harburg Foundation Rainbow Troupe, Human Kinetics Movement Arts, Chinese Theatre Works and selected readings from new plays by TNC emerging writers: NORTHBOUND by Marvalee Peart and FAT ASSES, THE MUSICAL by Peter Zachari.

Larry Spivack and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Larry Spivack and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Burrows appeared on Broadway in the 1950’s and 60’s in MANDINGO, THE PONDER HEART, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, MRS. PATTERSON, THE GREEN PASTURES and THE WISTERIA TREES. Her other numerous stage productions during her long career, include SISTER! SISTER!, BEL CANTO and BLACK ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY: THE STORY OF ROSE McCLENDON. She has been active at the United Nations Economic and Social Council on the issues of the status of women and Southern Africa, and as an associate of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. She received the Paul Robson Award in 1986.

About the decision to honor Ms. Burrows, TNC’s leader Crystal Field remarks, “Vinie Burrows ‘is a magnificent performer.’ So said the New York Times. She is ‘one of the reigning divas of the Black Theater.’ So said Clive Barnes. But Vinie Burrows is more than a performer. She is a true activist, capable of changing the world. At the United Nations she serves as permanent representative for the Women’s National Democratic Federation. And to add to this glorious life, she finds time to be a deep and dear friend to Theater for the New City. TNC is proud to be a like mind to a Mover and Shaker who writes, ‘The future of the planet rests on people coming together to save the earth and all living things. It is 5 minutes to midnight. Come together, brothers and sisters.’”

Ngo Gia Thuan, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations, Theater for the New City's Executive Director Crystal Fields, honoree Vinie Burrows and Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. Photo by Lia Chang
Ngo Gia Thuan, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations, Theater for the New City’s Executive Director Crystal Fields, honoree Vinie Burrows and Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. Photo by Lia Chang

Proceeds from the evening benefit the company’s ever-important program that supports emerging playwrights.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY – Now in its 45th year, is a unique Cultural Institution that has earned a nationwide reputation for its dedication to nurturing established and emerging playwrights who experiment with new forms and to presenting other experimental and developmental theaters with a very active program of Community Art Services and Festivals which continue to expand theater accessibility. www.theaterforthenewcity.net

Honoree Vinie Burrows, André De Shields, Grace Jones and Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang
Honoree Vinie Burrows, André De Shields, Grace Jones and Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang
Rhonda Ross, Rome Neal, Honoree Vinie Burrows, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Rhonda Ross, Rome Neal, Honoree Vinie Burrows, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Barry Gordon
André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Barry Gordon

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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André De Shields, Charles Busch, KT Sullivan, Luba Mason & More Set for Theater for the New City’s Gala Tribute to Actress and Activist VINIE BURROWS on February 26

Vinie Burrows
Vinie Burrows
Vinie Burrows

Theater for the New City’s annual LOVE N’ COURAGE Gala – which benefits the company’s ever-important program that supports emerging playwrights – will be held this year on Monday, February 26 at 6 pm at the Players (16 Gramercy Park South) in New York City.

As it does each year, this 15th annual bash will honor a distinguished individual for his/her contributions to the life and culture of New York City, with a special emphasis on the Lower East Side, where Theater for the New City has withstood the test of time and gentrification, having recently paid off its mortgage on its theater complex at 155 First Ave. (10th St.)

This year, LOVE N’ COURAGE will salute the actress and activist Vinie Burrows, now 89-years-strong: Ms. Burrows has appeared on Broadway in the 1950’s and 60’s in MANDINGO, THE PONDER HEART, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, MRS. PATTERSON, THE GREEN PASTURES and THE WISTERIA TREES. Her other numerous stage productions during her long career, include SISTER! SISTER!, BEL CANTO and BLACK ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY: THE STORY OF ROSE McCLENDON. She has been active at the United Nations Economic and Social Council on the issues of the status of women and Southern Africa, and as an associate of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. She received the Paul Robson Award in 1986.

About the decision to honor Ms. Burrows, TNC’s leader Crystal Field remarks, “Vinie Burrows ‘is a magnificent performer.’ So said the New York Times. She is ‘one of the reigning divas of the Black Theater.’ So said Clive Barnes. But Vinie Burrows is more than a performer. She is a true activist, capable of changing the world. At the United Nations she serves as permanent representative for the Women’s National Democratic Federation. And to add to this glorious life, she finds time to be a deep and dear friend to Theater for the New City. TNC is proud to be a like mind to a Mover and Shaker who writes, ‘The future of the planet rests on people coming together to save the earth and all living things. It is 5 minutes to midnight. Come together, brothers and sisters.’”

LOVE N’ COURAGE each year includes an entertainment program, which this February will feature Charles Busch, André De Shields, Phoebe Legere, Glitter Kitty Dance, Luba Mason, KT Sullivan, Malik Work, TNC After School, Yip Harburg Foundation Rainbow Troupe, Human Kinetics Movement Arts, Chinese Theatre Works and reading selections from new plays by TNC emerging writers: NORTHBOUND by Marvalee Peart and FAT ASSES, THE MUSICAL by Peter Zachari.

LOVE N’ COURAGE will be hosted by Phoebe Legere and Matt Morillo. Mary Tierney is Chairperson for the event.

The late Betsy Von Furstenberg, a longtime supporter of Theater for the New City once remarked, “LOVE N’ COURAGE is a Valentine Gala, especially for the young writers who make Theater for the New City one of the most important theaters in this country.”

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY – Now in its 45th year, is a unique Cultural Institution that has earned a nationwide reputation for its dedication to nurturing established and emerging playwrights who experiment with new forms and to presenting other experimental and developmental theaters with a very active program of Community Art Services and Festivals which continue to expand theater accessibility.

To purchase tickets to LOVE N’ COURAGE, visit the TNC website: www.theaterforthenewcity.net or call 212 254 1109.

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Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Segun Akande, Ebbe Bassey, Vinie Burrows, Patrice Johnson, Mirirai Sithole, Mfoniso Udofia and Zenzi Williams Set for THE HOMECOMING QUEEN at Atlantic Theater Company, January 10 – February 11

Atlantic Theater Company is presenting the world premiere production of The Homecoming Queen, written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Awoye Timpo. The Homecoming Queen begins previews Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 and will open Monday, January 22nd for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 11th, 2018 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).

The Homecoming Queen will feature Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Tamburlaine), Segun Akande (Mother of George), Ebbe Bassey (Classical Theater of Harlem’s Medea), Vinie Burrows (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare in the Park), Patrice Johnson (Tamburlaine), Mirirai Sithole (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Mfoniso Udofia (playwright, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau – NYTW), and Zenzi Williams (Mother Courage and Her Children – CSC).

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she’ll have to relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

Tickets for The Homecoming Queen are now on sale. Order online at atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu is a director, producer and actress. Anyanwu’s play Good Grief was the recipient of the inaugural Humanitas / Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize in 2016. Before serving as the associate director of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning revival of Jitney, Awoye Timpo’s production of Ndebele Funeral by Zoey Martinson was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59, and on a South African tour.

A prolific New York stage actor, Oberon K.A. Adjepong recently appeared in Theatre for a New Audience’s acclaimed production of Measure for Measure. Segun Akande was last seen in Netflix Original “Burning Sands” and in Anna Nicole at BAM. Ebbe Bassey co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in her first short film, Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences), which debuted at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.Vinie Burrows’ stage career has spanned six decades, including the Foundry Theatre’s 2013 production of Good Person of Szechwan opposite Taylor Mac. AUDELCO Award winner Patrice Johnson has appeared on stage in The Crucible with Liam Neeson and as Desdemona in Othello opposite Patrick Stewart. Mirirai Sithole recently appeared in MCC’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and the Obie Award-winning production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man… at Signature Theatre Company. A playwright and actress, Mfoniso Udofia’s Ufot Family Cycle plays have been performed across the country, including the 2017 repertory productions of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau at New York Theatre Workshop. Zenzi Williams’ recent stage appearances include the 2016 Broadway revival of The Crucible and Classic Stage Company’s Mother Courage and Her Children.

The Homecoming Queen will feature scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Amatus Karim-Ali, movement direction by Hope Boykin, music direction by Nolufefe Mtshabe, dialect by Ebbe Bassey, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA and Lauren Port, CSA and Joseph Gery.