Brooklyn's Brave New World Repertory Theatre will present its second annual production of Thornton Wilder's holiday gem, "The Long Christmas Dinner." Two casts – one black and one white – play the same American family in a celebration of life that spans 90 years and three generations all within 45 minutes. Written before "Our Town," the play takes place at the Christmas dinner table and as the family marks births, deaths and the eternal truths of life, it provides a profound and poignant theater experience.
Two separate "families" – one black and one white – play the same family in alternating performances of Brave New World's production of "The Long Christmas Dinner". The settings are two stunning Victorian homes in two distinctly different Brooklyn neighborhoods – Ditmas Park and Bed Stuy. In keeping with the spirit of the season, complimentary holiday cookies and hot chocolate will be served audience members.
Director Claire Beckman explains, "Our production begins after Reconstruction in 1880. America was changing then...as it is changing now. Time is the great equalizer, and family is family all over the world.
"The Long Christmas Dinner" is produced for Brave New World by Cynthia Babak and directed by Claire Beckman. The cast: Mark August*, Cynthia Babak*, Ezra Barnes*, Ghylian Bell, David Frutkoff*, Kim Gainer*, Alvin Hippolyte, Warren Jackson*, Quanda Johnson*, Carol Klenfner, Chris Lindsay-Abaire*, Cathy Mancuso, Lizan Mitchell*, Al-nisa Petty, Eleanor Ruth*, Carolyn Ryburn*, Bryan Walker, Donald Warfield*, Sandra Williams*, Anthony Wills*. Costumes: Martina Nevermann. Production State Manager: Sephanie Boyd.
Brave New World Repertory Theatre Presents
The Long Christmas Dinner
By Thornton Wilder
In Ditmas Park:
Friday, December 14th at 7pm and 8:30pm
Saturday, December 15th at 7pm and 8:30pm
At the Lindsay-Abaire residence, 1306 Albemarle Road (Q train to Beverly)
In Bed Stuy:
Sunday, December 16th at 4pm and 5:30pm
At The Akwaaba Mansion, 347 MacDonough Street, (A train to Utica)
For further info and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.bravenewworldrep.org