A new play by Marcus Gardley to be presented in the 2016/17 season
A new play by Marcus Gardley to be presented in the 2016/17 season
The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s.
VIDEO INTERVIEW with Marcus Gardley (Playwright) and Ian Belknap (Artistic Director of The Acting Company).
Marcus and Ian speak about newly commissioned play X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation based on the life and assassination of Malcolm X, as it compares to William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Created at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Marcus Gardley is a multiple award-winning poet and playwright from West Oakland, California whose short play Desire Quenched by Touch premiered in The Acting Company’s Off-Broadway production of Desire. The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” When his play The House That Will Not Stand was produced (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Tricycle Theater in London), Gardley received the 2014 Glickman Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Kennedy Prize. He was the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels Award winner for mid-career playwright. His play The Gospel of Loving Kindness (Victory Gardens Theater) won the 2014 BTAA award for best play/playwright. Every Tongue Confess (Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad, directed by Kenny Leon) was the recipient of the Edgerton New Play Award and was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award for Best Play. His musical On The Levee (Lincoln Center) was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. Gardley holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center.
Ian Belknap, The Acting Company’s Artistic Director, brings this new work to life, having previously directed The Acting Company’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. He most recently helmed Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYU) and The Millionairess (Resident Ensemble Players, University of Delaware). Ian has associate produced six Acting Company tours and received an honorary alumnus award from Towson University where he graduated summa cum laude.
WATCH VIDEO Short interview with Marcus Gardley on The New Victory Website.
Major production support for Marcus Gardley’s X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation is provided by The Roy Cockrum Foundation.
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N’Jameh Camara is an actor and teaching artist. Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse- Alex Timbers), OjO (La Jolla Playhouse W.O.W Festival), Marguerite to Maya (solo piece about young Maya Angelou), Dance of the Holy Ghost (Ubuntu Theater Project), Mr. Burns, La Bete, Burial at Thebes. Education: Loyola University Chicago (BA), UC San Diego (MFA). Native of Milwaukee, WI.
The Acting Company: Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (co-production with NYTW), Pudd’nhead Wilson, Taming of the Shrew. Regional: Public Enemy (Pearl), Peter and the Starcatcher (National Tour), The Recommendation (Old Globe), A Raisin In The Sun (Crossroads), Ruined (OSF), Twelfth Night (OSF), Merchant of Venice (OSF), The Conscientious Objector and Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Co.), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Gem Of The Ocean (Arena Stage). Training: Juilliard (BFA). Virginia Beach, VA.
The Acting Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona. Past NYC productions include Les Miserables (First Broadway Revival), Venice (NY Public Theater), The Box (The Foundry), A Civil War Christmas (NYTW), Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature Theater), Avenue X (Dreamlight). Regional: Jelly’s Last Jam (Alliance, Suzi Bass Winner). Film/TV: Shameless, Madam Secretary, Shades of Blue, Hawthorne, Numb3rs. Training: Carnegie Mellon University. Native of Brooklyn, NY.
Theater credits include Ruined (Greek Festival ’16), College Colors (Crossroads Theatre), Morning Sun (Theatre 167), Thoughts of a Colored Man (Noisy Tenants), King Lear (The Public). Training: BFA: Acting Conservatory, SUNY Purchase College. Native of Brooklyn, NY.
The Acting Company: Macbeth, A Connecticut Yankee... Off-Broadway: Carnaval (Audelco Award Winner Best Ensemble, National Black Theatre), To Kill A Mockingbird (Cincinnati Playhouse), Lombardi (Human Race Theatre), Man in the Iron Mask and Henry IV.2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). TV: Mysteries of Laura, Shades of Blue, Alpha House, What Would You Do?. Education: UC San Diego (MFA in Theatre). West Texas A&M (BA). Native of Houston TX.
Theater: Wesleyan University: The Exonerated, The Shape of Things, As You Like It; NYU: King John, A Raisin in the Sun, The Cherry Orchard, Arms and the Man, Stick Fly, The Liar. Festivals: MOCADA Festival, NYC Clown Festival. Film/TV: Treme, 12 Years A Slave, True Detective, Black Nativity, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Training: NYU (MFA), Wesleyan University (BA). From Takoma Park, MD.
Joshua David Robinson
The Acting Company: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Macbeth. Joshua is proud alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and has been seen Off-Broadway and at regional theaters across the country. As an active member of several community organizations, Joshua is always working to use theatre as a means to engage with his community and promote social justice. Joshua is a native of Washington, DC.
The Acting Company: The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet (09-10), The Spy and Henry V. Guthrie Credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. A Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Will is originally from North Carolina and currently resides in New York. Training: University of Minnesota/Guthrie Actor Training Program (BFA).
Acting Company Debut. Off-Broadway: The Golden Bride (NYTF). Regional/NYC: Girl Versus Corinth (Capital/NYC Fringe). Other credits: Bombshell (Minskoff Theatre) and performances at MSG, 54 Below, Skirball, Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, Yankee Stadium, Beacon Theatre, and Radio City. Film: Better to Live (TFF). Writer of words/songs. Training: BFA: NYU/Tisch New Studio. From New York/Atlanta.
Regional: Unknown Soldier, Loving V. Virginia (Williamstown Theatre Festival), A Raisin in The Sun, The Tempest (Chautauqua Theater Company). Juilliard: Seven Guitars; The Winter’s Tale; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark. Film: In Silence. Education: The Juilliard School, FAMU. From Miami.