NY’s Target Margin Theatre continues its season of “Lost American Classics” with Mamba’s Daughters by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward at HERE, February 24-March 14.
This is the first revival ofMamba’s Daughters, since its premiere on Broadway in 1939, starring Ethel Waters, Jose Ferrer, and Alberta Hunter.
David Herskovitz (Strictly Dishonorable, South, and Mother Courage) will direct the revival.
Mamba’s Daughters is set in the late 1930’s amid the sharecropper shacks and swamps in the Gullah community outside Charleston, SC. The story revolves around three generations of black women struggling to break free from the prejudice and poverty, and makes use of spirituals “Come Out de Wilderness”, “Don’ Ya Mind What De Debil Do”, and “Siporatin’ Line”. As well as, “Lonesome Walls”, which Jerome Kern wrote specifically for the 1939 Broadway production.
With its’ “Lost American Classics” season, Target Margin brings to the stage seldom seen (or read) plays from the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th century. Many of these plays -- formerly the toast of the town, now have been relegated to the back shelf of theatre history. Target Margin strives to breathe new life into these plays by utilizing contemporary production styles. Past “Lost American Classics” include: Strictly Dishonorable by Preston Sturges, and The Scarecrow by Nathanial Hawthorne.
Target Margin’s Mamba’s Daughters will be playing at NY’s HERE, Feb. 18 - March 14. For reservations call (212) 647-0202.
-- By Sean McGrath