Summer: Uptown Shakespeare in the Park

Directed by Carl Cofield
Choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
FEATURING TY JONES, ROSLYN RUFF, AND ELISA MONTE DANCE

PRAISE FOR MACBETH

HUFFPOST

“Leave it to CTH to tease out the contemporary in Shakespeare without sacrificing his poetry. This version of Macbeth epitomizes what CTH does to perfection”

The New York Times

“Ty Jones, the theater company’s artistic director and a commanding stage presence, tackles the title role… Jason Delane as Macduff makes its most heart-wrenching moment very effective”

WINTER:

THE FIRST NOEL

SYNOPSIS

This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genresfrom pop to jazz to gospel to tell a universal story of love and belonging. This presentation follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Co-Choreographed by Brian Harlan Brooks

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST NOEL

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“this good-looking, high-energy show is packed with vocal talent and propelled by a terrific five-piece band.”

FALL:

SYNOPSIS

Fit for a Queen is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a highborn woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. This tale of intrigue, farce, and sexual politics highlights a largely unknown story of an incredibly compelling African woman. Hatshepsut takes power and maintains control of the economic and cultural superpower of the ancient world. Her son in law, Thutmose III, battles her for the kingship, vowing to erase every trace of her rule from the historical record. Their epic struggle both influenced and has resonance with most hot-button issues about gender equality facing our world today.

Written by Betty Shamieh
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Choreography by Joya Powell

PRAISE FOR FIT FOR A QUEEN

HUFFPOST

“Through Thompson’s very human portrayal, we see this mighty ruler’s frustration with daily family drama, her concern over how she is viewed by her people, and her sincere confusion when she is potentially going to be passed over as pharaoh in favor of her daughter’s husband Tutu… Ms. Irving lights up the stage whenever present, helping to propel the production and drawing in the audience even more.”

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