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PLAYBILL.COM: The Acting Company Announces 2017–2018 Season

BY OLIVIA CLEMENT
AUG 14, 2017

The touring classical theatre company will present a full season in New York City.

Touring classical theatre company The Acting Company has announced its 2017–2018 season, which will include a full season in New York City. The lineup includes a return of Marcus Gardley’s play X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, which played an acclaimed Off-Broadway run earlier this year.

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New York Times: 2016/17 Repertory is “A Stroke of Curatorial Inspiration”

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New York Times: 2016/17 Repertory is “A Stroke of Curatorial Inspiration”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Review: Shakespeare Meets Black Power in ‘Caesar/X’

By ELISABETH VINCENTELLI

MARCH 21, 2017

It’s not very often that a family show concludes on a stage littered with corpses. But then, there is no way to sugarcoat the brutality of “Julius Caesar,” and this new, abridged production, from the Acting Company, is kid-friendly mostly by virtue of context: It is being presented at the New Victory Theater, where audience members often need booster seats rather than a well-stocked bar.

But the real coup isn’t to make “Julius Caesar” accessible to young theatergoers: It’s to present Shakespeare in repertory with Marcus Gardley’s new play, “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation,” which imagines a trial investigating Malcolm X’s murder — call it a dream-history play. The two shows stand on their own; the juxtaposition is a stroke of curatorial inspiration.

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Theater review: Malcolm X on a Shakespearean pedestal

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Theater review: Malcolm X on a Shakespearean pedestal

Theater review: Malcolm X on a Shakespearean pedestal

Kerry Lengel , The Republic | azcentral.com  2:56 p.m. MT Feb. 3, 2017

Marcus Gardley comes not to bury Malcolm X but to praise him.

Gardley is an Oakland, Calif., playwright known for his poetical language in works including “… And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi” and “Black Odyssey.” His latest is “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation,” commissioned by the Acting Company, based in New York, for a world-premiere national tour that launched this week in Arizona.

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