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The Death of King Shotaway

Join the Gordon Center for Black Culture and Arts Fund

February: 20th, 21st, & 22nd
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Ramapo Culture Arts Center
64 North Main Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977

Ticket Sales: $20 in advance / $25 Box Office 

The Gordon Center for Black Culture & Arts fund will be hosting this 3 day event to create awareness by showcasing a play by Samuel Harps. The play is based of the true story of the first black theater company established in New York in 1821, and the first to perform Othello with a Negro actor. Fifteen members of Shades Repertory Theater (Keith Bulluck, Dimitri Dewes Jr. John Deblasio, Evelyn Cepeda, Heather Roland-Blanco, Drusilla Kinzonzi, L’Tanya Watkins, Rick Levi, Phil Gist, Steve Allen, Richard Troiano, Bruce Pearl, Anne Rodgers Pearl, Richard Clarke, and Patrick Birmingham) will perform the play on February 20 – 21 – 22 (Thursday – Friday – Saturday) at the Ramapo Cultural Arts Center, 64 N. Main St., Spring Valley, N.Y.

In celebration of African American History Month (2020), Shades Repertory Theater will present Samuel Harps’ play The Death of King Shotaway.  The two-act drama is inspired by the true story of the African Grove Theater, (AGT). The all-Negro company was established in 1821 in Lower Manhattan by playwright William Henry Brown. AGT was the first known theater company to present Othello with a Negro actor in the title role.


Assistant Director – L. Tanya Watkins – Stage Manager Marguerite Louissaint

Light Design/Technical Director – Wayne Bissinger


Please contact the Gordon Center for Black Culture and Arts, if you have any questions

845-533-2660 or events@gordonbca.org

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