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Telling Tales Out of School

First Preview: Oct 17, 2023

Opening Date: Oct 20, 2023

Closing Date: Nov 12, 2023

Running Time: 01:20

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Playing @

Castillo Theatre

543 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036

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It's June 1954, and a memorial service for Alain Locke, architect of the Harlem Renaissance, is being held at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Among the attendees are Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Jessie Fauset and Nancy Cunard. Not having seen one another in over twenty years, they gather at the Hotel Theresa after the funeral. Over tea, an afternoon of boundless praise of Locke unravels into disturbing revelations about the great man and the four women who have come to honor him.

New Federal Theatre (NFT) presents Telling Tales Out of School, a new play by Wesley Brown after a work-in-progress showing last May. The play offers a unique perspective on the Harlem Renaissance by providing a character study of four of its most-noted female prime movers, revealing their ambitions, longings and resentments and illuminating the feminine energy they brought to the movement. Directing is Woodie King, Jr., founder and Producing Director Emeritus of NFT and an iconic figure of Black Theater.

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Woodie King, Jr.

Written by

Wesley Brown

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#42 Bus.

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• 1,2,3,7,9,N,Q,R,S and W to 42nd St./Times Square or A, C, or • E to 42nd St./Port Authority.

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