160 Convent Ave.
Harlem, NY 10031
Description: Aiming to become a community anchor with the capacity to unite theater professionals, students, and local residents of all ages, New Haarlem Arts Theatre will present its first play for young audiences, "Flying Fables," adapted by Obie-winner Stephanie Berry and directed by John-Martin Green.
The piece is a modern, urban fairytale about a young ambitious couple, Marie and Charles, who are in flux in their marriage. Waking one morning to a common dream, they follow the dream's instructions to search for a trunk which they believe holds the key to their happiness in the tunnels of the subways. They are transported into the magical world of fables where they are ushered through a series of tales (from Africa, Asia, and South America) by their childhood alter-egos. As the moral of each story unravels, the main characters experience powerful revelations. Using drama, music, and movement the performers bring fresh interpretations to traditional fables.
Stephanie Berry (adapter) is a dancer, an actress, an English teacher, a community and political activist, and an OBIE Award winning playwright. Audiences know her from films including "The Invasion," TV shows including "Law and Order" and her one-woman show, "The Shaneequa Chronicles: The Making of a Black Woman," which received a Village Voice Obie Award and two AUDELCO Awards. Her other plays include "Trouble in Mind," "Distracted," "Gem of the Ocean," Intimate Apparrel," "Spunk," King Lear," "Lady Macbeth," "Hamlet" and "The Tale of Madame Zora." She is a 2009/2010 recipient of the TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship as a "Distinguished Artist." She is a pioneer in arts-in-education and a founding member of Blackberry Productions Theater Company, a Harlem based organization that develops new works and brings theater to underserved populations throughout New York. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
The piece is recommended for audiences aged 6 to 106. It runs 45 minutes and is followed by a 15-20 minute audience participation. Free parking is available in the South Campus Parking Lot (enter at 133rd Street and Convent Ave.).
Venue Description: Ranking as one of the best complexes on a college campus, Aaron Davis Hall, a three-theater complex on the campus of the City College of New York, houses the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts. The $7 million building, the only venue of its kind between Lincoln Center and uptown Manhattan, houses a 750-seat proscenium theater, a 175-seat experimental theater, and a 75-seat rehearsal studio-workshop. Used for both student and professional performances, Davis Hall hosts an array of shows year-round, including the Alvin Ailey II dancers, Macbeth, film students' productions, and stand-up comedy. In addition, the venue is used by groups like the Emerson String Quartet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Opera Ebony, and the New York City Opera. Aaron Davis Productions also hosts shows at Harlem Stage, across the street from Aaron Davis Hall. Since 1979, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. has been one of the nation?s leading organizations dedicated to creating new works by performing artists of color. Weekend performances and workshops are specifically designed so families can experience the arts together and directly interact with the artists. The International Series program at Harlem Stage has been offering educational opportunities for 25 years. With more than 10,000 young people enrolled each year, the program offers experiences in the arts in New York City and beyond. With performances from various artists, as well as educational activities, the program instills growth in the world of performing arts.