John Henry Redwood, who penned the regionally popular The Old Settler, is having his latest play premiere in two places: the Philadelphia Theatre Company and Off-Broadway's Primary Stages, as part of a coproduction this winter and spring. Set in 1949 North Carolina, No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs tells of the relationship between a Jewish sociologist and the black family he's come to study.
Philadelphia Theatre Company opened its production of the drama Jan. 31 (after previews Jan. 26) for a run through Feb. 25. Primary Stages has now announced its dates for the show, with previews starting March 21 for an opening April 2 and a run through April 22.
Israel Hicks, a veteran of the Denver Center Theatre Company, directs No Dogs at both venues, where it stars Jack Aaron, Adrienne Carter, Rayme Lyn Cornell, Marcus Naylor, Elizabeth Van Dyke (Checkmates) and Charis Marguerite Wilson. Van Dyke plays Mattie Cheeks, a mother trying to protect her daughters and save her marriage.
Designing the show are Michael Brown (set), Ann G. Wrightson (lighting), Christine Field (costumes) and Eileen Tague (sound). Michele Volansky serves as dramaturg.
Regarding the show's potentially controversial title, author Redwood said in a statement, "The title of this drama, inspired by a road sign I actually saw in the South, reflects the racism which the play's characters must face in their daily conflicts." For tickets ($26-$36) and information on No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs at the Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street in Philadelphia, call (215) 735-0631. For tickets ($40-$45) and information on No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs at Primary Stages, 354 West 45 St., call (212) 489-6745.
— By David Lefkowitz