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Harlem - a mecca for black culture is now home to fancy eateries and a myriad of new residents. Napolean Pettigrew and his sons are die-hard Harlemites and feared property owners who hope to make a profit from this NEW Harlem. However, when they discover one of their properties is a real money-maker, everything they hold sacred—family, loyalty & community—falls apart. Sitting on a gold mine, the Pettigrew men are faced with the biggest decision in their lives—save or destroy the last untouched neighborhood in Harlem.
Danny Johnson, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Yaegel T. Welch, Terrell Wheeler and Chinaza Uche
The creative team includes Harlen Penn (scenic design), Gail Cooper-Hecht (costume design), Marika Kent (lighting design), and Samuel Nacach (sound design). B’jai Pierce-Astwood is the production stage manager.
Who Is Who
Keith Josef Adkins (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. His plays include PITBULLS, SUGAR AND NEEDLES (Epic Theatre’s 2012 Blueprint Series), SAFE HOUSE, THE FINAL DAYS OF NEGRO-VILLE (2013 Act Now Playwright Series, 2012 Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading Series, 2011 Represent Festival at A.C.T. in Seattle), THE BUG PODS (radio play, 2013 The Greene Space/Flea Theatre, NYC), SWEET HOME (2012 MPAACT Theater, Chicago), among others. Keith’s play Sweet Home earned six nominations (including Best Script) in 2013 from the African American Theater Alliance in Chicago. His play The Last Saint on Sugar Hill earned a 2012 Jeff nomination for Best New Work in Chicago. His awards include a 2010 Gateway commission from the Obie Award-winning Epic Theatre, a 2010 A Contemporary Theatre/Hansberry Project Commission, a 2009 New Professional Theater Playwright Award, a 2009 New York State Council on the Arts playwriting grant with the Public Theater, among others. Keith was also recently selected for a 2013-14 Project Residency at the Lark Play Development Center. As a screenwriter, Keith wrote for the CW hit series Girlfriends. He was commissioned by SimonSays Entertainment to pen a feature-length sci-fi drama called The Disappearing. He also wrote and directed an all-black sci-fi web series called The Abandon. Keith is in development with executive producers Eriq LaSalle and Michael Beach for the feature film version of The Abandon. Keith co-founded The New Black Fest and is currently the artistic director.
Seret Scott (Director) has directed a dozen productions at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego. Off Broadway credits: New Victory, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizon’s, PanAsian Rep. Regional credits: Actors Theatre-Louisville, South Coast Rep, ACT-San Francisco, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Court Theatre, Two River Theatre, Play Makers Rep, Indiana Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Arena Stage, Wooly Mammoth, Tribute Production-DC, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, National Black Theater, Crossroads Theatre, Virginia Stage, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, ViVo Flamenco, among others. Workshops: Roundabout Theater, Pacific Playwrights, Eugene O’Neil, NY Stage and Film, Sundance, New Harmony, New Dramatist. Ms. Scott authored Second Line, produced by NJ’s Passage Theatre and DC’s Atlas Theatre and Funny Time, a 10-minute play produced by The Negro Ensemble and the Public Theatre. She is an Executive Board member of Stage Directors and Choreographers union.
Danny Johnson (Napoleon): BROADWAY: “Song of Jacob Zulu”, Fumani. OFF BROADWAY: “Our Lady of 121st Street” Rooftop, Labyrinth Theater Company. “Soldier’s Play ”C.J.Valiant. Theater. REGIONAL: “The Mountain top ”Martin Luther King Jr. Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater. “What I Learned in Paris” J.P. Madison, Alliance Theater. “Miss Evers' Boys ”Caleb, Goodman Theater. “Joe Turner's Come and Gone ”Jeremy, Goodman Theater. “Song of Jacob Zulu” Fumani, Steppen wolf Theater. A Raisin in the Sun ”Walter Lee, Intiman Theater. “To Kill a Mockingbird ”Tom Robinson, Huntington Theater Company, St. Louis Repertory and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Additional production sat: West on Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, St. Louis Black Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Illusion Theater and Children's Theater Company Minneapolis, among many. TELEVISION: “House of Cards, Unforgettable, "Bluebloods", "Philanthropist", "Damages", "Sopranos", "Law and Order", "Special Victims Unit", "NYPD Blue", “Criminal Intent”, “Conviction”, "Rescue Me “among others. FILM: Don King Only in America, Reservation Road and Frequency among others. Danny is a graduate of The Theater School DePaul University and a 20-year resident of Harlem USA
Jaime Lincoln Smith (Dexter) hails from Bloomfield, CT. His recent credits include: Holla if you Hear Me(wkshp) dir. Kenny Leon, Off-Broadway: Ruined(MTC), Lights Rise on Grace(45 Bleeker St.), SEED(Classical Theatre of Harlem) Birthright(Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Carnaval by Nikkole Salter(Luna Stage), he has also worked at Steppenwolf, Baltimore Centerstage, Arena Stage, and City Theatre. TV/Film: NYC 2-2, Law and Order, Knights of Prosperity, Titans of G.E.F.A., Remember the Titans. Mr. Smith has also done numerous National network commercials and voice-overs. Education: BA-Clark Atlanta University, MFA: Rutgers University. Mr. Smith would like to dedicate each performance to his late-great father Lennox Lincoln Smith.
Yaegel T. Welch (Joseph), was most recently seen as Ogun in the “Brothers Size” at the Seattle Rep and the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. At Playmakers Rep in” Fences”,” Jitney” at Kenny Leons True Colors Theatre, Studio Theatre's In the Red and Brown Water, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s “Bear Country”. Off Broadway he has been seen in the Lincoln Center’s “Fly”, with The Crossroads Theatre. Other credits include “The Revenger’s Tragedy” at Red Bull Theatre and” The Darker Face of the Earth” with TWAS Productions. Regionally, he has appeared in” The Piano Lesson” at The Arden Theatre (Barrymore Award nomination);” My Children! My Africa”! at The Studio Theatre and Wilma Theatre; “Beaux Stratagem” at Everyman Theatre;” As you like it” and “Of Mice and Men” with the Acting Company;” Fences” at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre;” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Bridgeport Free Shakespeare Festival; “Fences” with Ruben Santiago-Hudson at Boston’s Shubert Theatre, “Cobb” at the Chautauqua Institution and “Professional Skepticism” at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. Mr. Welch’s has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Morehouse College, an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University and an M.F.A. from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting.
Terrell Wheeler (Z) was raised in Westchester, New York alongside his twin sister and older brother who introduced him to the lovely medium of storytelling. Upon graduating high school, Terrell pursued a major in Theater Arts graduating with a BFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His credits include: The American premiere of Children of Killers by Katori Hall, the world premiere of Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Kings River by Ean Myles Kessler & Andrew Rosenberg, and Mourning Sun by Antu Yacob. "I am thrilled to work in the community which boasts the fostering of some of America's most prominent artists of color."
Chinaza Uche (Young Homless Man) is a graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing and The Classical Studio at New York University's Tisch School of The Arts. He can now be seen in 'Mother of George' (Sundance 2013) which premiered in theaters September 13th. Film: Terry Richardson’s Last Hours (Cannes 2012), Threading Needles. Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Deception and Golden Boy. Recent Theater: 'Othello' with The Kinetic Theatre Ensemble. 'Honeyfist', 'Hearts Like Fists' and 'Ajax in Iraq' with The Flux Theatre Ensemble. 'Obskene' with The Talking Band. 'Flipside' with The HartBeat Ensemble (New York Fringe Festival - Best Ensemble; Broadway World Connecticut Awards - Best Actor Nomination). 'The Brothers Size' at The Everyman Theatre (Best of Baltimore Awards 2012 - Best Play). 'Bintou' with The Movement Theatre Company (North American Premiere). He's a collaborator with The HartBeat Ensemble and The Flux Theatre Ensemble.