Tony Nominee Lonette McKee Stars in Off-Broadway's Sowa's Red Gravy, Opening Oct. 28

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28 Oct 2012

Jonathan Peck and Lonette McKee
Jonathan Peck and Lonette McKee
Photo by Gerry Goodstein

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, in association with Castillo Theatre, presents Diane Richards' Sowa's Red Gravy, which officially opens Oct. 28 at the Castillo Theatre following previews that began Oct. 18. Performances will continue through Nov. 18.

King directs a cast that includes Tony nominee Lonette McKee (Show Boat) as well as Aaron Fried, Jonathan Peck, Kimberly Q, Toni Seawright, Gary E. Vincent, Iris Wilson, David D. Wright and Kene Holliday.

Sowa's Red Gravy, according to press notes, is a "play filled with humor and insight by a master storyteller of Southern folklore...Narrated by Sowa, a 110-year-old wise woman, who resides in Harlem in quantum time, Sowa recounts her life before the emancipation and claims to have lived many lives as varied as a white Hollywood film star, an African warrior and a Louisiana voodoo queen. Sowa's storytelling is so captivating that you are sure to be convinced she is telling the truth and you will delight in the other characters as well."

The production has set design by John Scheffler, costume design by Niiamar Felder, lighting design by Antoinette Tynes and sound design by Bill Toles. Bruce Heath provides choreography.

Performances are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM.

Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered at castillo.org or by phone at (212) 941-1234. For more information visit newfederaltheatre.org.