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The Castillo Theatre (543 W. 42nd Street) commemorates 30th anniversary of the death of Yusuf Hawkins and the birth of a movement with a revival of Fred Newman's "Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf", F
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:24 pm EST 02/05/19

Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf
Written by Fred Newman
Directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander

February 14 - March 17
21 Performances!
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm

Castillo Theatre is proud to present the revival of the 1991 play by Fred Newman, Billie,Malcolm & Yusuf, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Yusuf Hawkins’ death in 1989.

Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf 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.

Billie, Malcom & Yusuf is directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander, All Stars Project's president and CEO. She has directed eight plays by Fred Newman at the Castillo Theatre since 1998, as well as four by German avant-gardist Heiner Müller. In 2012, her musical production of Newman and Annie Roboff’s Sally and Tom (The American Way) won five AUDELCO awards, including Best Director of a Musical Production and Best Musical Production of the Year. In 2014, Kurlander directed Clare Coss’ play Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington, starring Kathleen Chalfant and Timothy Simonson; and in 2016 Newman and Jackie Salit’s musical play Votes, about a woman running for president.

Performance Schedule

February 14 – 7:30 pm

February 15 – 7:30 pm

February 16 – 7:30 pm

February 17 – 2:00 pm

February 22 – 7:30 pm

February 23 – 7:30 pm

February 24 – 2:00 pm

February 28 - 7:30 pm
March 1 – 7:30 pm
March 2 – 7:30 pm
March 3 – 2:00 pm
March 7 – 7:30 pm
March 8 – 7:30 pm
March 9 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
March 10 – 2:00 pm
March 14 – 7:30 pm
March 15 – 7:30 pm
March 16 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
March 17 – 2:00 pm
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