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Atlantic for Kids Announces Episodic Audio Production of AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY - Starting April 26
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:55 pm EDT 04/15/21

Atlantic for Kids Announces
Episodic Audio Production of
AND IN THIS CORNER: CASSIUS CLAY
Written by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Reggie D. White

Featuring
Danté Crichlow, Sinclair Daniel, Langston Darby, Anthony Holiday,
Franck Juste, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Eric Lockley, and Andy Schneeflock

On Demand April 26 - May 24, 2021
Listening Parties May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 10:30am ET

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON APRIL 26

Atlantic for Kids (Neil Pepe, Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Atlantic Theater Company Managing Director; Mary McCann, Atlantic Acting School Executive Director; Alison Beatty, Atlantic for Kids Artistic Director) is proud to announce a free audio production of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay by playwright, rapper, and poet Idris Goodwin. Directed by Reggie D. White, this stage play turned four-part episodic audio drama about channeling the champion within will be available to stream on demand April 26 through May 24. Tickets for And in This Corner: Cassius Clay are free and will be available to reserve with a suggested donation of $20 per household starting April 26.

Atlantic for Kids will also host four free community listening parties of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay in its entirety on May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 10:30AM ET. Via an Atlantic hosted YouTube audio stream, listeners will be able to experience the full audio play and engage with each other through a live chat. Reservations for these free listening parties are required, with a suggested donation of $20.

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay will feature Danté Crichlow , Sinclair Daniel, Langston Darby, Anthony Holiday, Franck Juste, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Eric Lockley, and Andy Schneeflock, who are all alumni of the Atlantic Acting School.

Following the first listening party on May 1st, Atlantic for Kids will host a Live Talkback via Zoom with director Reggie D. White and members of the cast about the show's inspiring journey from script to your ears, and how the show's themes around race and community continue to resonate today. Following the May 15th listening party, Atlantic for Kids will host a virtual Make Your Own Radio Play Workshop via zoom with Atlantic Acting School teacher and cast member Andy Schneeflock . During this workshop students will create a short sports-themed radio play using only their voices and homemade sound effects. The finished product will be performed and recorded live. All post show events will be held from 11:45am - 12:30pm ET. More post-listening party events will be announced at a later date.

Every hero starts somewhere. For 12-year-old Cassius Clay Jr., who would become the sports legend known to the world as Muhammad Ali, it was a boxing gym in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the swift and vibrant origin story of how a determined young boy growing up in the Jim Crow South took on all challengers in his path to becoming...The Greatest. An unlikely hero is a classic story, but And in This Corner: Cassius Clay goes an extra, exhilarating round by exploring how remarkable communities help to create them.

The creative team for And in This Corner: Cassius Clay includes Imani Champion (Production Coordinator), Twi McCallum (Sound Designer/Sound Editing and Mixing), and Christopher O'Neal (Illustrator).

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay runs approximately 11-17 minutes per episode or 55 minutes in full. This audio play is recommended for grades 4 and up.

BIOGRAPHIES:

DANTÉ CRICHLOW (Rudy). Born, raised, and based in Brooklyn, Danté (he/him) is currently in his final semester studying Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Recent credits include See You Yesterday (Netflix). His acting training includes time spent at the Atlantic Acting School studio, NYU's Experimental Theatre wing, and the Black Arts Institute. When Danté isn't acting he indulges in street photography, writing poetry, and dancing wherever music can be heard.

SINCLAIR DANIEL (Odessa) (she/her) is a New York-based actor and creative. A recent B.F.A graduate of NYU and Atlantic Acting School, Sinclair has worked professionally in theater, television, and voiceover performing with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Sinclair has been seen in Peter Pan & Wendy (Wendy), Taiga in the Berkshires (Taiga), "Madam Secretary," and Testing Dunleavy-Grove: A radio episodic podcast (Amy). This spring, Sinclair will participate in an artist's retreat with The Makers' Ensemble theater company, where she will perform and facilitate in bringing new and classic works to life in the wilderness.

LANGSTON DARBY (Corky/Sugar Ray Robinson). Langston (no relation to Hughes), native to Laurel, Mississippi (home of A Streetcar Named Desire heroine Blanche Dubois), currently resides and works in New York City. Just before the industry shutdown, Langston managed to make his Off-Broadway debut in The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America, created and directed by Zoey Martinson with HERE Arts Center. Langston is an eclectic performer with stage credits that include How I Became a Pirate (Walnut St. Theatre, dir. Rob McClure) and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in Clark Park, dir. Alex Torra); voiceover performances for the award-winning Story Pirates Podcast; improvisation with Comedysportz Philadelphia, and a burgeoning on-camera career with an appearance in Lionsgate/Starz's 2020 short film award winner Echoes of a Winter Sunshine. Among other institutions, Langston is an alumnus of Atlantic's Acting Conservatory and a UCB Diversity Scholar. Learn more at langstondarby.com.

ANTHONY HOLIDAY (Eddie/Young Soapbox Guy), also known as "Holiday," is currently attending the Yale School of Drama. Upon graduation, he will receive a Masters in Acting. Holiday has been seen in productions of Ain't No Dead Thing (Charles) by A.K. Payne, Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn (Homer, Marge), Measure for Measure (Claudio), Locust (Amos) by Chris Gabo, and Lenny's Fast Food Kids Gang (Walter) by Angie B. Jones under the conglomerate of his professors, cohort, and school-mates. Holiday is also a recent graduate of Atlantic Acting School's Conservatory Program. Credits at Atlantic include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (El Fayoumy) by Stephen Adly Guirgus and the Atlantic for Kids production This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Fleeing Villager/City Man 1) by Finnegan Kruckmeyer. Holiday is an Ensemble Director for Breaking Walls, a global youth collective, and has been a mentor and teaching artist in Atlantic's Staging Success program. Holiday was born and raised in New Jersey and is also a graduate of Brookdale Community College where he received his Associates Degree in acting/humanities.

FRANCK JUSTE (Cassius Clay) is an actor and comedian raised in Brooklyn currently in Los Angeles. Can be seen as First Man on Sherman's Showcase (IFC/AMC) currently streaming on Hulu.

JACQUELYN LANDGRAF (Ringside Announcer) is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from NYC. She is a member of the master acting faculty at Atlantic Acting School, where she has directed many student productions and the musical Strega Nona for Atlantic for Kids. Select theater performances: Deaf West's Orphee; Anna Nicole (BAM/City Opera); John Guare's 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company); The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill… (Drama Desk nomination, original cast/tour); Suzan Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays (The Public Theater); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theater for the New City); Blue-s-cat (Invisible Dog); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Pipeline). Alum of the New York Neo-Futurists, writer/performers of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Jacquelyn writes and voices the fiction podcast It Makes A Sound and produced the show's original soundtrack album, Wim Faros: the Attic Tape. jacquelynlandgraf.com.

ERIC LOCKLEY (Cash/Fred Stoner) is an OBIE award-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer, and podcast host. Stage: # DateMe, Choir Boy. Screen: First Reformed, "Luke Cage," The Inheritance.Eric's comedic web series Blacker is featured on "Best Web Series" lists and his short film, The Jump, is available on Amazon. Eric's plays Blacken the Bubble and Without Trace have been seen on stages in DC, NY, and Chicago. Lockley does sketch comedy, musical improv, and is a featured cast member of The Homemade Sketch Show (TubiTV). He was head writer for the inaugural awards ceremony The Antonyos, celebrating Black Theater. Eric's inspirational podcast, "The 180," is out now, featuring guests discussing a moment when they turned their lives around. As a part of The Public Theater's Devised Theater Working Group Eric will have a workshop production of his new Afro-Futurist play Sweet Chariot at the 2022 Under the Radar Festival. Lockley is also a founder of and produces with Harlem-based organizations The Movement Theatre Company & Harlem9, creating opportunities for artists of color. @iamericlockley.

ANDY SCHNEEFLOCK (Joe Martin) is an actor, improviser, director, writer, and teacher. Some recent credits include; TV: "The Equalizer," "Orange Is The New Black," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Luke Cage," "Tales of the City," and "Tommy." Film: Worth (premiering on Netflix in September), Bridge of Spies, and Interview Requested. Theater: The Hungry Hungry Games (National Tour), The Puppet Dead, The Story Pirates, and Timmy the Great. He is also a company member of Ten Bones Theatre Company and frequently performs for their sold out Entirely From Memory shows at The PIT and Littlefield. andyschneeflock.com @AndySchneeflock.

IDRIS GOODWIN (Playwright) is an award-winning break-beat poet, playwright, and director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. He was recently named a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he's had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with Nico Wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He's appeared on Nickelodeon, HBO Def Poetry, "Sesame Street," NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel. His plays include And in this Corner: Cassius Clay, How We Got On, Hype Man, and This is Modern Art.

REGGIE D. WHITE (Director) is a New York based multidisciplinary art-ivist whose acting credits include NYTW, The Public Theater, 59E59, Arden Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and La Jolla Playhouse. As a director, his work has been featured at The Public Theater, Atlantic Acting School, NY Winterfest, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, AlterTheatre Ensemble, and more. He is an alumnus of Atlantic Acting School, where he now serves as a faculty member and the Artistic Director of Student Productions. He is also an associate artist with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, a recipient of the TBA TITAN Award, the TCG Fox Fellowship, and is a company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theatre company. He is also co-writing a play with Lauren Gunderson and is the co-host of the comedy podcast, "What's The Tea?". reggiedwhite.net.

IMANI CHAMPION (Production Coordinator) is a freelance AEA stage manager, line producer, and production manager based in NYC. Credits include Broadway: Grand Horizons, My Fair Lady. Selected Off-Broadway: Nollywood Dreams, The Wrong Man (MCC); Coriolanus, Mobile Unit: The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Public Works: Twelfth Night and As You Like It (The Public Theater); Derren Brown: Secret, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic Theater Company); Morocco & MASS MoCA theatre labs with the Sundance Institute. B.A. Theater Studies, Montclair State University.

TWI MCCALLUM (Sound Designer/Sound Editing and Mixing) lives in NYC by way of Baltimore, MD. Her favorite theatrical credits include Kansas City Rep, National Black Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, and Baltimore CenterStage. She is currently an apprentice sound editor on tv shows for STARZ and NBCUniversal, and lead sound designer/editor on an upcoming Marvel series. She attributes her artistry to being a former student at Howard University's technical theater program and a graduating student at Yale School of Drama's one-year sound program class of 2021. When not working, she loves taking care of her pet snails named Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rihanna. twibackstage.me.

CHRISTOPHER O'NEAL (Illustrator). A New York-based graphic designer turned illustrator, Christopher has gone from designing logos to using his love of character design in animation and film to create more character-led work. Prior to illustration Christopher has worked with brands such as Billy!, Bloomingdales, and D'ussé Cognac. @C.Ryandraw.

ATLANTIC FOR KIDS (Alison Beatty, Atlantic for Kids Artistic Director) has presented adventurous theater for young audiences for over 20 years, with two full productions each season. These acclaimed shows are noted for their ability to touch on serious themes while entertaining kids with a blend of music, humor and spectacle. In addition to its weekend performances for families, Atlantic for Kids has welcomed thousands of NYC public school children to weekday performances, including talkbacks with cast members and discussions about the themes of each play. Previous productions have included, among others, Off Broadway Alliance Award winners for Best Family Show She Persisted, The Musical and Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical. For more information, visit atlantictheater.org/productions/kids.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director; Mary McCann, School Executive Director). At Atlantic, our aim is singular-to empower simple and honest storytelling that fosters greater understanding of our shared world. We are a family of artists dedicated to exploring essential truths onstage, be it a show at Atlantic Theater Company or a class at Atlantic Acting School. As a producer, presenter, and educator of theater, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and urge us to reflect on our role in society. From our Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to our community-based education programs, we are committed to uncovering and celebrating the stories of our varied human existence. We have produced more than 200 plays and musicals including the Tony Award-winning productions of The Band's Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses), Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); and Obie Award Special Citation recipient Skeleton Crew (Dominique Morisseau). For more information, visit atlantictheater.org.

RUN TIME:
Approximately 11-17minutes per episode or 55 minutes non-stop.

TICKETS:
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay will be available to listen to on demand for free with a suggested donation of $20 per household.

Atlantic is committed to connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and perspectives. Particularly in light of the current health crisis, Atlantic is furthering that commitment and providing many of its offerings free of charge. This includes free access to the thousands of public school students that watch Atlantic programming as part of their classroom experience. All add-on donations made will go toward underwriting the cost of student tickets while helping to secure Atlantic's future.

Please visit http://atlantictheater.org/cassiusclay to buy tickets.
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