Courtesy of Harlem Stage / National Black Theatre

Two powerful, visionary theater companies have just announced their 2018 Spring season.

“Mothers of the Movements,” a two-part series, will pay tribute to iconic black women pioneers from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements.

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years, continues to set its goal to promote the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe. Their season is curated by Monique Martin, newly appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists as #Disrupters, who take creative risk.

“The arts have and continue to be a steady mooring during tumultuous times,” says Martin. “This season’s theme #Disrupters is an act of resistance against apathy and isolation speaks to our individual and collective responsibility to create the world we want to live and thrive in.”

On March 9 at 7:30pm at Harlem Stage, longtime Lincoln collaborator, Marc Cary will re-imagine the seminal album, “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite,” with Terri Lyne Carrington, Reggie Workman, Sameer Gupta, Edmar Colón, and other surprise guests.

On March 12 at 7:30pm, for the second part of the series, the National Black Theatre will present “The Black Woman: She Does Exist,” an evening of newly commissioned work that was inspired and in response to seminal texts written by Black women artists and activists of the 60’s such as Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Ella Baker, and the women of SNCC. These new works are being created by the next generation of vital Black women voices; writers Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, Ebony Noelle Golden and ensemble. Seeking to strengthen the bonds between past and present, and in addition to the newly commissioned work, NBT has gathered pioneering Black women legends of the theater community to perform the original texts.

“I welcome Harlem residents, New Yorkers, and visitors to join us at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse for this fresh and special spring season, which offers a diverse, unique array of artists and genres,” says Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage.

“Mothers of the Movements” is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s festival, “The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America,” which is a citywide festival that reflects on the turbulent spirit of the ‘60s: the quest for civil rights, equal rights, and social justice. The festival runs from January 14 – March 24, 2017.

Event Details:

March 9, 2018
7:30 pm
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)
Tickets and further information are available here.

March 12, 2018
7:30 pm
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Avenue (National Black Theatre Way)
Tickets and further information are available here.

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