CTH co-founder Christopher McElroen will direct Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, which is scheduled to play the Harlem Stage Gatehouse Theater in February 2009. Also on the bill is Supreme Jealous Divine, a loose adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe, penned by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner. Preisser is scheduled to direct the production — "set during the apex of the Harlem Renaissance" — which will bow in May 2009 on Theatre Row in Midtown. The fall production will be the first New York revival of Paul Carter Harrison's The Great MacDaddy, which offers an episodic journey following "a princely bootlegger, a prohibition era hustler in search of his lost friend Wine." Preisser will directs MacDaddy, which is slated for an October 2009 presentation. A venue has not been announced.
CTH also promises a workshop of Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, April 24-25, 2009, as part of the Apollo Theatre Salon Series. The Future Classics Reading Series, including works by Katori Hall and Bashi Rose, will also be presented throughout the season at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Casting and creative duties for the 2009 season will be announced shortly. Ticket information is available by visiting www.classicaltheatreofharlem.org.