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The Billie Holiday presents: The Old Settler – Student Matinee
November 15, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sparks fly in a 1943 Harlem tenement between fifty-five year old spinster, Elizabeth Borny, and her skeptical sister, Quilly McGrath when Husband Witherspoon, a handsome young Great Migrator arrives on their doorstep. Husband’s quest to find his long-lost love, Lou Bessie, is thwarted when he finds an unexpected new romance with an Old Settler. Full of humor and grit, John Henry Redwood’s authentic story of American love and survival reverberates with timelessness and warmth.
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About the Playwright
John Henry Redwood was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He appeared on Broadway in "Guys and Dolls" and "The Piano Lesson" and off-Broadway in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" with Danny DeVito and William Devane. His film credits include "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Passion Fish," "Big," "Gordon's War" and "Porky's."
Mr. Redwood's other plays include "No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs," "Mark VIII: xxxvi" and "Acted Within Proper Departmental Procedure." He was especially proud of "What if You're the One," which encouraged mammograms, and "We Never Knew Their Names," in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.
About the Director
Michele Shay is an award-winning actress, director, and producer, perhaps best known for her Tony Award-nominated performance as “Louise” in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. A veteran performer, she has graced stages on and off-Broadway, television and film, and regional theatres across the country. A Carnegie Mellon University graduate, Ms. Shay has taught and directed at Cal Arts, American Conservatory Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Denver Center, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching Acting in the New Studio on Broadway at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Ms. Shay has directed over 15 plays including August Wilson’s Seven Guitars last season at No Rules Theater Company at the Signature Theater, Virginia , Blues for an Alabama Sky (Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (California Institute of the Arts), A Wedding Band by Alice Childress (University of Michigan)and staged readings of The Piano Lesson with Tonya Pinkins, Montae Russell, and Glynn Turman (CCAP at the Broad Theatre, Los Angeles). Ms. Shay also collaborated in The Greene Space’s NY Public Radio reading and recording series of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. She directed Two Trains Running, featuring Anthony Chisholm and Tracie Thoms and King Headley II with Russell Hornsby, Leslie Uggams, and Stephen McKinley Henderson. Most recently she directed Home with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Elain Graham, and S. Epatha Merkerson.