The American Legacy
220 East Fourth Street ~ New York, New York 10009
From On Strivers Row at the American Negro Theater, 1945
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by Abram Hill
May 19 - June 18, 2017
Oscar and Dolly Van Striven are hosting their daughter's debutante party in their townhouse on Strivers Row, but the success of the social event of the season is by no means guaranteed.
A scheming socialite from Brooklyn, a judgmental grandmother, a secret boyfriend, a presumptuous lottery winner, and none other than 'Joe the Jiver' all want to come to this party.
The first major production of the American Negro Theatre in 1940 is described as a satire on African-American social climbing. But it is a complex work masquerading as a farce, dealing with issues of class, gender roles and
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Special Guest Michael Dinwiddie
Associate Professor, Gallatin School, New York University
Charles Anthony Burks*
Christina D. Eskridge
Anthony T. Goss
Marie Louise Guinier*
Kim Yancey Moore*
Lauren Marissa Smith*
DIRECTOR Timothy Johnson
STAGE MANAGER Heather Olmstead*
SET DESIGN Collin Trevor Eastwood
LIGHTING DESIGN Remy Leelike
COSTUME DESIGN Sidney Fortner
FIGHT DIRECTOR John Long
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Alexis Bronkovic
*These actors and stage manager appear courtesy of
Actors Equity Association.
On Strivers Row is an AEA Approved showcase.
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