"WAITING FOR A NEW AMERICA"
Musical Comedy Improv at Castillo
Saturdays, September 15 and 22, 2012 (and selected Saturdays throughout the year) 8:00 PM
Meet the Proverbial Loons, Castillo's new comedy improv troupe. Veterans of New York's and Castillo's stages, come together with some new faces to create new material each night. Audience members can volunteer, and watch your life transformed into a zany musical! Or just watch and enjoy the show. It's gonna be ridiculous - and wonderfully entertaining.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Join a 12-hour performance celebration of the life and theatre work of Fred Newman. Newman, who passed away in July 2011, was the Castillo Theatre's artistic director for 16 years. Professional actors and directors will share the stage with community members, as many of Newman's 44 politically-engaged plays will be read. Potluck snacks will keep the actors and audience well-fed.
*The marathon is FREE, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
January 9 - February 9, 2014
Written by Clare Coss; directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander; starring Peter Jay Fernandez as W.E.B Du Bois and Kathleen Chalfant as Mary White Ovington
Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington captures the two esteemed founders of the NAACP in a moment of crisis in 1915-- when Du Bois submits his letter of resignation. Du Bois, educator, human rights activist, African-American visionary leader, and Ovington, a white Unitarian, granddaughter of abolitionists and outspoken justice advocate, spar, flirt, clash, reveal secrets, and compete to save their vital work.
October 24 - November 24, 2013
A timely revival of Ed Bullins' classic play, "In the Wine Time" is a brilliantly written drama filled with laughter, rage, dreams imagined and unfulfilled. The Dawson family lives on a small side street of a large northern American industrial city in the early 1950s. The setting provides the explosive landscape for an event which changes their lives forever.
October 11 - November 24, 2013
In Fred Newman's paean to baseball and to one of the game's most enduring legends, Jackie Robinson, the Castillo Theatre reflects on the famed Brooklyn Dodger's life and extraordinary career. At once poetic and political, Stealin' Home is Newman's probing, fictional portrait of the man who broke the color barrier in the great American pastime.
September 20 - October 13, 2013
Waiting for Godot is one of the most significant plays of the 20th century and Irish avant-garde playwright Samuel Beckett one of the most influential writers of our time. The Castillo Theatre and the New Yiddish Rep have come together to present this existentialist tragicomedy as it has never been seen before, in a new production performed entirely in Yiddish (with English and Russian supertitles). A millennium of Yiddish history and culture echoes hauntingly through Beckett's minimalist, evocative, and savagely humorous masterpiece. It's a transformative journey, a glimpse into a world without boundaries, and a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Mondays, September 16, 23, & 30, 2013
Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. Now entering its seventh year, the contest encourages the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political, social, cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage. While in the broadest sense Castillo recognizes all theatre to be political, the contest seeks politically progressive plays that examine social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; reflect the concerns and interests of communities; and/or explore the importance of community itself.