The award-winning National Black Theatre of Harlem is celebrating Black History month with Veona Thomas's Nzinga's Children, a comedy-drama about male-female relationships and the need to embrace one's cultural legacy.
The main character in the play is an African-American professional woman who, in an effort to choose the right mate, weighs the advice of five of her female forebears.
Nzinga's Children was first produced at the theatre 12 years ago. The current production is directed by Hilda Willis. The cast includes Angela Nirvana, Antonio Charity and Ray Chrissa.
The National Black Theatre of Harlem was founded in 1968 by Barbara Teer and her sister Frederica (who died in 1979) as a an arts institution that would address the needs and lifestyles of African-Americans. Since that time it has expanded from a small loft into a block-long $10 million cultural center, which today is under the supervision of producer and theatre arts director Tunde Samuels (with Barbara Teer still playing an active role as the institution's CEO).
The play continues through Mar. 1 with performances Fri. at 7:30 PM, Sat. at 2 and 7:30 PM and Sun. at 3 PM. For tickets, $20, call (212) 722-3800. -- By Rebecca Paller