Press

“Following our nomination for the AUDELCO 2012 Dramatic Production of the Year for Dream Deferred,” Artistic Director Marcus Dargan said, “I am especially excited to continue our 8th season by introducing two new and extremely powerful works to the canon of black drama: The Negro Speaks and broken motherhood museum.”

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Current Season


HR II - Background CropHer Reflections II is the second installment of a colorful ongoing family arts series based on iconic women in history written and composed by Nioka Workman. The work celebrates the legacies of the successful millionaire, hair care queen Madam C.J. Walker and international singer, dancer, actress Josephine Baker. Through music, movement and theatre, Her Reflections II retells the stories of these two women and their rise from “rags to riches” through sheer determination and talent. It is a testament to the achievements of all women of color and an inspiring tale for today’s modern audience.
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Press Releases


Press Release 03-11-13 cropTHE FIREY STRINGS COMPANY AND NUAFRIKAN THEATRE PRESENTS HER REFLECTIONS II BY NIOKA WORKMAN
Celebrate the Legacies of Madam C.J. Walker and Josephine Baker during African Heritage Month with Performances of Her Reflections II


Januarry 21, 2014–The Firey Strings Company and NuAFrikan Theatre is proud to present Her Reflections II written and composed by Nioka Workman with performances in February 2014 at Ibeam Brooklyn and Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her Reflections II is adapted and directed by Marcus Dargan and features Alexandra Bernard, Ashley Burroughs and The Firery String Sistas (Megan Atchley, violin; Maryam Blacksher, viola; Melissa Slocum, bass; Nioka Workman, cello). Click here to view the entire press release.

Press Clippings


BMCC cropCelebrating Centuries of Inspiration, BMCC News (March 8, 2013)

“Can someone hit the house lights? Can I have all the actors in the house?”

Marcus Dargan, an alumni of the BMCC theatre program—as well as an award-winning playwright and co-founder of the NuAFrikan Theatre in Harlem—is directing the dress rehearsal for The Negro Speaks, A Celebration of African American Poetry, Prose, and Music, in BMCC’s north-wing theatre space.
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Harlem Wolrd cropNuAFrikan Performance in Harlem, Harlem World Magazine (May 11, 2012)

Dream Deferred is an amazing play…”

“This play simply but vividly explains how the essence and culture of the black community in Harlem struggle with economic challenges and commercial dominance of newly built condominiums.”
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Beacon cropDream Deferred Ends Run with Resounding Success, New York Beacon (May 10, 2012)

“What Dargan’s play exposes is the sense of overwhelming fear and powerlessness felt by many of Harlem’s denizens as they saw the day to day changes to their neighborhood; changes they had no say in bringing about.”

“Each of the actors played two different characters and delivered solid, thoroughly engaging performances with award winner Johnnie Mae being the most powerful of all.”
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Dominion cropDream Deferred: A Review of a New Play About Gentrification, Dominion of New York (April 23, 2012)

“By far the strongest performance in Dreamed Deferred comes from Johnnie Mae, a veteran of the stage and television, who brings real gravitas to Mrs. Thompson and Mother Ester Jackson…

…A truly versatile performance comes from another fine actor in the show, Bisa Dawes. She inhabits each of her characters (the aforementioned Shay-Shay; Caribbean bookstore owner, Fatima; and the clearly deranged but insightful Deva, who has the best single monologue in the play.)”
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BMCC cropA Dream Conferred, BMCC News (March 26, 2012)

“We were sitting together at Starbucks and someone said, ‘Let’s start a theater company’.” That’s how the production company NuAFrikan Theatre was born, says BMCC alumnus Marcus Dargan. He and some other students were sharing a caffeine break and the next thing you know, they were staging plays as part of BMCC’s African Heritage Month.
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Broadway World crop
NuAFrikan Theatre Returns with Dream Deferred, BroadwayWorld.com (March 2, 2012)

“I see white people. One day I counted 16 and I didn’t even have to go downtown to see ‘em!” exclaims Lovey Jones, a Harlem native in the new play Dream Deferred.
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