Off-Broadway's Seed Hosts School Group Performances in Final Week at the National Black Theater

PlayBlog   Off-Broadway's Seed Hosts School Group Performances in Final Week at the National Black Theater
Seed, an award-winning play written by Radha Blank, opened Sept. 16 at the National Black Theater in Harlem, presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem in conjunction with Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

In the show's final week, which continues through Oct. 9, Seed will host performances for the boys and girls high school program, Re-Envisioning Our Lives through Literature.

"This run of Seed was built on community engagement, and as we come to a close, it is only appropriate to engage the organizations in our communities on the front lines of youth development," said Clyde Valentin, executive director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. "We are proud of our amazing creative team and our partners, and we hope this endeavor will emerge as a demonstrative model to tell more urban contemporary stories moving forward.”

Directed by Niegel Smith, the production features Bridgit Antoinette Evans as Anne, Jocelyn Bioh as LaTonya, Jaime Lincoln Smith as Twan, Khadim Diop as Che-Che and Pernell Walker as Rashawn.

Seed, according to press notes, "explores themes of abandonment, poverty, class differences and byproducts of the crack epidemic that swept through Harlem in the 1980s and 90s. It tells the story in a vibrant and exciting style, infused with rhythm and verse integral to hip-hop culture. As a compelling new drama that examines class and cultural fault lines in one of America’s most prominent Black communities, Seed begs the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children?"

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