Trazana Beverley, David Patrick Kelly, Julian Francis Kelly, Michael Potts, et al. Set for Strangers and Other Angels
A modern re-imagination of the medieval Second Shepherd's Play, the piece brings the Christmas story to life and features original music by Tony Geballe and Paul Vasile spanning genres from gospel and jazz to opera and classical. The show's book freely incorporates text from a wide breadth of writers, including the gospels, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, and WH Auden.
The cast will also include Jorge Rubio, Michael Rogers, Elliot Villar, Kenny Rampton, Edward Babb, Pheeroan akLaff, Janille Hill, Khalid Hill, Sarah Heltzel, JD Webster, Ayeje Feamster, Dietrice Bolden, Giovanni Pucci, and Christina Gill. The designers include Garland Farwell, Obie Award-winner Peter Ksander, and John Conklin
Audience members for this free-of-charge event are asked to meet at Sakura Park at 122nd Street, and the production will wind inside and outside venues throughout the neighborhood, from Sakura Park near Riverside Church to the Union Theological Seminary. The crowd is expected to grow along the way, and the performance will culminate with a celebratory dance involving the entire cast and audience.