Bryant Park Picnic Performance

Friday, September 10, 2021, 7 PM

The Classical Theatre of Harlem will be performing excerpts from Langston in Harlem and A Harlem Dream for free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis — no tickets needed.

Free and open to the public with limited capacity. Bryant Park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance. See it in person or stream the show live on our site, on Facebook or on Bryant Park’s Instagram channel.

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FEATURING EXCERPTS FROM:

LANGSTON IN HARLEM

FEATURING
TONY AWARD NOMINEE
JOSHUA HENRY
AS LANGSTON HUGHES

POETRY AND LYRICS BY LANGSTON HUGHES
MUSIC AND DIALOGUE BY WALTER MARKS
DIRECTED BY CARL COFIELD
DEVELOPED FROM THE URBAN STAGES PRODUCTION

Credit: Paul Morejon

The poet Langston Hughes takes us on a journey back through his life, using his own words in poetry and song to depict his struggles as a black artist and as a black man. Through music, dance, visuals, and spoken word, this theatre piece strives to capture the poet’s essence. Written by Walter Marks (Broadway Follies) and directed by Carl Cofield (Seize the King), the production stars Tony Award Nominee Joshua Henry (Carousel) in the role of Langston Hughes and features cast members Kahlil Daniel, Kenita Miller, Sarita Nash, Drew Shade, LaDawn Taylor, Ashley Ware and Helen White.

A HARLEM DREAM

BASED ON SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
DIRECTED BY Peter Francis James
AND FEATURING THE HARLEM CHAMBER PLAYERS

A Harlem Dream is  stirring rendition of Felix Mendelssohn’s meditation on Midsummer and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, integrated with Duke Ellington Suites and vivid allusions to New York City and the Harlem Renaissance. A Harlem Dream will awaken the senses and bring you to your feet as the spirit of Shakespeare’s most mythic play takes hold in the heart of Harlem. Cast members include Michael Early (Egeus), Alisha Espinosa (Hermia), Charles Bernard Murray (Duke), Andre’ Pardassee (Lysander), Reynaldo Piniella (Demetrius), and Sharlee Taylor (Helena), with music performed by the Harlem Chamber Players, under the artistic direction of Liz Player.

Funding in part provided by NYSCA Rapid Restart Live