By Carey Purcell
30 Jan 2014
Presented by the New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theater, and directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander, the production stars Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit) and Timothy Simonson (The Trial of Adam Clayton Powell, Deadwood Dick Legend of the West).
"Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington is a two character play that captures a moment of crisis between two of the most esteemed founders of the NAACP: the heroic educator, human rights activist, African-American visionary leader Dr. W.E. B. Du Bois and Mary White Ovington, a white Unitarian, granddaughter of abolitionists, and outspoken justice advocate," press notes state. "These two courageous pioneers meet unexpectedly at the New York City NAACP headquarters on a Sunday morning, June 1915. He comes charging in to write his final resignation letter that he intends to submit if his demands for full autonomy are not met. She, the only board member he trusts, is determined to change his mind. To lose the only African-American in administrative leadership would crash the Association. They spar, flirt, clash, reveal secrets, and compete to save their vital work, and protect their erotically charged partnership."
Coss’ writing credits include String of Pearls, Our Place in Time: Ten Scenes from the Twentieth Century, The Blessing, Lillian Wald: At Home on Henry Street and Brechtian-Marx Brothers version of 1848 U.S. invasion of Mexico.