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MARCH 20, 2008
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Juneteenth Legacy Theatre Salutes Mary McLeod Bethune for Women’s History Month

NEW YORK CITY- March 1, 2008 – Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (JLT) celebrates Women's History Month with a mainstage production of Samuel L. Kelley's Faith, Hope and Charity: The Mary McLeod Bethune Story, a heart-warming bio-drama with a rousing gospel score, March 20- April 5, 2008, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd Street. Bethune was an illiterate sharecropper's daughter, who founded Bethune-Cookman College in Florida, and served as ambassador to Liberia.

The production stars Geany Masai, Angela Arnold and Ivan Thomas, and is directed by Sue Lawless. Mr. Thomas, who also serves as Music Director, has performed on Broadway in Riverdance and On the Town. Ms. Arnold’s credits include Aint Misbehavin, St. Louis Black Rep; Gospel at Colonus, African Globe Theater (Newark, NJ); and Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Nuyorican. Ms. Masai’s recent credits are The Old Settler, Public Theatre of Maine; Neglect, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Morning Star, Bank Street Theatre (NYC). Ms. Lawless is an Obie-award winning director for In Gay Company. Mr. Kelley, a professor of Communications Studies at SUNY-Cortland, has several produced plays including Pill Hill, Arena Players (Baltimore) and New Horizons Theatre (Pittsburgh) and Thruway Diaries, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center (Syracuse) and Jubilee Theater (Fort Worth, Texas.)

Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, under the direction of Founder/Producing Director, Lorna Littleway, develops and produces new and original works about the African-American experience and its legacy. Productions in both New York City and Louisville, Kentucky have included Motion and Location, at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (2006), and the annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays, a festival of staged readings hosted by Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Performances of Samuel Kelley’s Faith, Hope and Charity: The Mary McLeod Bethune Story will run March 20 – April 5, Thursdays through Saturdays, 8pm, at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues B & C, in the East Village. All tickets are $18. For reservations and information, please call 212-964-1904 or email To reach Nuyorican Poets Café by subway, take the “F” or “V” to "2nd Ave.", walk east to Ave. B; “R” to 8th St.”, walk south to 3rd St. and east to Ave. B; “#4” or “#5” to “14th St.”, walk south to 3rd St. and east to Ave. B; “#6” to “Astor Place” walk south to 3rd St. and east to Ave. B.

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