Classical Theatre of Harlem Plans Henry V and SEED

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The Classical Theatre of Harlem, now under the leadership of producing director Tyron D. Jones, will stage a 90-minute version of Henry V and a production of Radha Blank's SEED in the coming months.

Running Aug. 5-Sept. 4 at the Shabazz Center, Jenny Bennett will direct Henry V, which will also feature Jones in the title role. The production marks CTH's return to full-scale works after former artistic director Alfred Pressier and executive director Christopher McElroen, both founders of the institution, departed CTH in late 2009.

"Henry V examines the burdensome expectations that befall a young king who must not only live down his adolescent follies, but also inspire his fellow Englishman to follow him into war with France. The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s interpretation brings to light the brutally thoughtful and biting humor of King Henry V’s confrontational diplomacy. In a powerful exploration of what it means to be king, director Bennett dissects the warmongering tendencies of humanity as one man attempts to win the hearts of all," CTH states.

Henry V will have original music by Patricia Ju, scenic design by Anka Lupes, lighting design by Colin Young and costume design by Rachel Dozier-Ezell.

CTH will also unite with the Hip-Hop Theater Festival for the Off-Broadway premiere of SEED, running Sept. 6-Oct. 9 at the National Black Theatre. Niegel Smith will direct the work that is described as a love letter to Harlem.

According to CTH, "SEED is set months before the landmark Nixzmary Brown abuse case that would change child welfare in New York City forever. Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to leave the field on a high note by writing a book detailing her career and the child welfare case that brought her acclaim. But when Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the 'projects' in Anne’s gentrified Harlem neighborhood, collides into her life, she is forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her own past. Chee-Chee and Anne develop an unconventional friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening Chee-Chee’s future. Infused with the vibrant rhythm and verse of Hip-Hop culture, SEED begs the question: how far are we willing to go to ensure the well being of our children?" Visit ClassicalTheatreofHarlem.

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