An official opening is set for Nov. 21.
Chuck Smith will direct a cast that also includes Erin Cherry, Gillian Glasco, Morocco Omari, Sean Phillips and Marie Thomas.
The creative team will also feature Anthony Davidson (set design), Ali Turns (costume design), Shirley Prendergast (lighting design) and Bill Toles (sound design).
According to press notes, "Knock Me a Kiss is a fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost black intellectual, cofounder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a young poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry but fails to be a union of man and woman."
Charles Smith's plays include Pudd'n'head Wilson, Takuda, City of Gold, Free Man of Color and the recent The Gospel According to James. He holds two Emmys for the teleplays "Fast Break to Glory" and "Pequito."
New Federal Theatre is located at 466 Grand Street. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit newfederaltheatre.org.