Written by Boston playwright Katherine Butler Jones, 409 Edgecombe Avenue: The House on Sugar Hill revolves around Madame Stephanie St. Claire, the luminous and controversial "Numbers Queen" of Harlem who lived among many of the elite black leaders and celebrities of the 1930s. A flamboyant enigma, Mme. St. Clair championed the rights of the oppressed, while staving off raids on her numbers game territory by white racketeer Dutch Schultz. Tried for murder, the "Queen" often seemed protected by a mysterious and powerful force. The play is produced and directed by Akiba Abaka, founder and Producing Artistic Director of Up You Mighty Race.