The newly-renovated Billie Holiday Theatre is launching its 46th season this month with the production of The Old Settler, which was written by Brooklyn-born playwright John Henry Redwood and features veteran performers of the theater like Pauletta Pearson Washington (of Two Trains Running, Autumn), Denise Burse (Brownsville Song: b side for Trey, House of Payne, Black Mirror, Greenleaf), and Warner Miller (Luke Cage). The team is joined by newcomer and Juilliard graduate Maechi Aharanwa (of An Octoroon). Here’s the synopsis offered by the theater:
Set in 1943 Harlem, The Old Settler focuses on two sisters’ struggle to afford their rising rent. Faced with a choice between giving up their apartment and renting out their extra room to a stranger, they decide to take a chance on a boarder, newly arrived from the South. In equal measures funny and poignant, The Old Settler is a glimpse into the heart of an American City.
The Old Settler will run from October 20th to November 19th of this year. Tickets are available at TheBillieHoliday.org. Subscriptions to the 2017-2018 season are also on sale by calling 718-636-6995 or by visiting the website.
The Billie Holiday Theatre (aka The Billie) was founded in 1972 by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and showcases works by and about people of African descent, with three to four productions annually. It’s located at 1368 Fulton Street, between Marcy and Tompkins.