Sunday, April 24, 2011

Daniel Beaty's Tearing Down the Walls at the Riverside Theatre NYC

Update May 20 - with only 10 performances left to go, you can get a real deal on tickets:

A limited number of $15.00 tickets are now available through the generous donation of an anonymous funder.
Use Code PREEXT15


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From a release - see the free preview event April 26, described below:

The Riverside Theatre New York Presents
Cultural Animators Series:
Tearing Down the Walls
A new play by Daniel Beaty
May 11 - 29

Renee, a conservative thirty year-old virgin, rolls the dice for personal liberation and takes a chance in a steamy liaison with handsome Tyson. That night changes her life forever. Her usual unshakeable faith is besieged with doubt. Friends Jessica and Rhonda help her discover a strength she never knew she had. Employing Daniel Beaty's signature blend of rich characters, music and humor, Tearing Down the Walls is about finding courage to transform pain into power.

Tearing Down The Walls, presented by The Riverside Theatre, Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, and Walk Tall Girl Productions is a new musical featuring direction, book, and lyrics by Obie Award-winner Daniel Beaty (Through the Night, Emergency) and music by Beaty and Oscar and Grammy-nominated songwriting team Jamal Joseph & Charles Mack (August Rush).

This production follows on the heels of the acclaimed, award-winning, and extended run of Beaty's solo show Through the Night, which premiered at the Riverside Theatre last year.

Infused with soulful music, impassioned spoken word and laugh-out-loud humor, Tearing Down The Walls tells the story of the residents of a tight-knit Harlem community upended and pushed to the limit by life's challenges, but who find hope in the most unusual places.

Photo of Daniel Beaty (below) by Nathan Yungerberg: www.njyphoto.com

Tearing Down the Walls 
is a collaboration with New Heritage Theatre and Walk Tall Girl Productions.
May 11 to 29

Featuring book and lyrics by Beaty and music by Beaty and Oscar and Grammy-nominated songwriting team Jamal Joseph & Charles Mack
Cast: Dietrice Bolden, Umi Shakti, Adrienne C. Moore, Rumando Kelley, Jevon McFerrin, and Kelechi Ezie.
Creative team: Wendell Howlett (choreography), Bryan Collier (scenic and projections design), Catherine Fisher (costume design), and Andrew Merkel (lighting design).

Box Office 212 870 6784
The Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue
Above 120th Street
Take the 1 to 116th or 125th


Special Preview Event April 26:

Director Daniel Beaty and the Tearing Down the Walls Ensemble invite you to a sneak peak at Daniel's new musical. Experience excerpts from Daniel's powerful new work, hear about his directing process, and meet the ensemble. This event will be hosted by Esther Armah.

April 26th at 7 PM
Assembly Hall located within the Historic Riverside Church
FREE ADMISSION

7 PM to 7:15 PM --- Meet The Tearing Down the Walls Ensemble and Creative Team
7:15 PM to 7:30 PM --- Experience music and scenes from the show
7:30 PM to 8 PM --- Q & A with director Daniel Beaty
8 PM --- Buy tickets with an Early Bird Special

As a special bonus for attending the Community Engagement, patrons will receive a special extension on our Early Bird Ticket Offer - $10 Preview tickets and $20 Performance tickets!

RSVP for this FREE event!

Box Office 212 870 6784
The Riverside Theatre

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