John Henry Redwood, who penned the regionally popular The Old Settler, has spent the past couple of weeks at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center working on his new play, and he'll get another chance to sample it in front of a different audience, Aug. 12-13, when Bristol Riverside Theatre of Bristol, PA holds workshop staged-readings of the drama.
Set in 1944 North Carolina, the play tells of the relationship between a Jewish sociologist and the black family he's come to study. Both are targets of the same racism and rage.
The show is scheduled to premiere at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in the spring. For weeks, Redwood's drama has also been scheduled as part of the upcoming season at Primary Stages Off Broadway, targeting March 2001. Though the play's title is No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs, in its press materials, the Bristol venue has conspicuously left the show untitled.
In his online bio, author Redwood -- an ex-Marine currently studying for his PhD in religion -- notes that his favorite motto is, "I shall pass this way but once; therefore, if there is any good that I may do, let me do it now for I shall not pass this way again."
For information on the Bristol readings, both at 2 PM, call (215) 785-0100 or check out the company's website, www.BRTstage.org. According to a box office spokesperson (reached Aug. 4), the readings, which include a post-show reception and talkback with Redwood, are free but require reservations to attend. -- By David Lefkowitz