By Michael Gioia
16 Sep 2011
Directed by Niegel Smith, the limited engagement runs through Oct. 9 and 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?"
A 2010 recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts New Play Development Award, Seed was most recently developed through a partnership between the 10th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Arena Stage’s New Play Institute.
The National Black Theater is located at 2031 Fifth Avenue at 125th Street in Harlem. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.seedtheplay.com.