- Castillo Theatre • New York, NY
Join us at Castillo Theatre’s upcoming production of Billie, Malcolm and Yusuf, written by Fred Newman and directed by Gabrielle Kurlander.
The play opens at a funeral. Among the guests mourning the passage of the “dear departed” are the great revolutionary Malcolm X, the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday, and a black teenager Yusuf Hawkins, who was brutally murdered by a white mob in 1989.
As the funeral procession makes its way through the Gates of Heaven, we learn the identity of the “departed,” the conflicts between Billie, Malcolm and Yusuf, and their struggle to live, love and laugh without gods or icons. With songs, humor, powerful reminiscences, historical footage and more than a few surprises, these characters take the audience on a spellbinding journey.
The production was first mounted in 1992. The playwright and the director both have a historical connection to the Yusuf Hawkins’ tragedy, having joined the family and many community activists in weekly protests in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where the murder took place. 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of Hawkins’ murder, which catalyzed broad protests for racial justice and resulted in the election of New York City’s first black Mayor.
Please join us for a night of profoundly relevant and entertaining theatre.
Opening Night tickets are $100. Click here to purchase your ticket.
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