Home Is Where The Melting Pot Is, Off-B'way

News   Home Is Where The Melting Pot Is, Off-B'way Winner of the 1975 Outer Critics Circle Award for best play, Samm-Art Williams' drama, Home, will receive an Off-Broadway revival from the Melting Pot Theatre Company, beginning June 4.
l-r: Saidah Arrika Ekulona, E. Philip McGlaston, Tamilla Woodard
l-r: Saidah Arrika Ekulona, E. Philip McGlaston, Tamilla Woodard Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg

Winner of the 1975 Outer Critics Circle Award for best play, Samm-Art Williams' drama, Home, will receive an Off-Broadway revival from the Melting Pot Theatre Company, beginning June 4. Kent Gash will direct this 40-year odyssey of a young black farmer who returns from trying to make his fortune up North to find the good life back down South. First produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1979, the Broadway production in 1980 received a best play Tony nomination.

Starring in this revival are E. Phillip McGlaston, Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Tamilla Woodward -- the latter two taking on several roles as the women in Cephus Miles' life.

The Home decorators are Alvin B. Perry (costumes), William P. Grant III (lighting) and Todd Potter (sets).

A new theatre company, founded by Larry Hirschorn and Catherine Dupuis, the Melting Pot got off to a critically acclaimed start last season with the musical, The Portable Pioneer And Prairie Show.

Other plays by Samm-Art Williams include Cork, Birds Don't Sing and Eyes Of The American. His The Frost Of The Renaissance, back in 1978, played at the same location as Home is now: the Theatre of the Riverside Church on Riverside Drive at 120th St.

For tickets ($25) and information on Home, running June 4-June 29, call (212) 864-2929. Special opening night party tix (with a live jazz band), June 5, are $50.

--By David Lefkowitz

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