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Press Releases

Press Release 03-11-13 cropTHE FIREY STRINGS COMPANY AND NUAFRIKAN THEATRE PRESENTS HER REFLECTIONS II BY NIOKA WORKMANCelebrate the Legacies of Madam C.J. Walker and Josephine Baker during African Heritage Month with Performances of Her Reflections IIJanuarry 21, 2014–The Fiery 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).

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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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NuAFrikan Theatre Returns with Dream Deferred, (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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