Samm-Art Williams’ new play The Dance on Widows’ Row opened June 25 at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Art Center. The play is a comedy about four rich widows who have combined total of nine dead husbands. They are all suspected of killing their husbands, and the street they live on is considered jinxed. The story has the four women throwing a party for four of the town’s eligible widowers and divorced men.
The Dance on Widows’ Row is directed by the playwright. The cast features Barbara Montgomery, Marie Thomas, Elain Graham, Elizabeth Van Dyke, Jack Landron, Adam Wade and Ed Wheeler.
Samm-Art Williams is known for his Broadway play Home, which received a Tony and Drama Desk nomination, and won the Outer Critics Circle and Villager Awards as best play in 1980. A 1997 revival was staged at the Theatre of the Riverside Church. The play toured in Australia, the Philippines, Ireland, England an Japan.
Other plays written by Williams include Woman From the Town, Eyes of the American and Welcome to Black River. In addition to his playwriting, he has written and acted on television, and served as a producer for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Martin.”
Dance on Widows’ Row will run from now to July 23. The technical staff includes Felix Cochren (set), Shirley Prendergast (lighting) and Evelyn Nelson (costumes). It is produced by Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. Tickets are $25. The Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Art Center is at 466 Grand Street, and are available at the Box Office (212) 279-4200, or (212) 353-1176.
-- Daniel Fischer