The Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents its Annual Fundraiser: Hold ‘em In Harlem 
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:01 pm EDT 04/09/24

The Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents its Annual Fundraiser: Hold ‘em In Harlem

Annual Poker Benefit Celebrates 100 Years of the Harlem Renaissance, 25 Years of CTH, and Longtime Trustee, Andre Braugher

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – For the fourth consecutive year, The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH), in partnership with The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom Harlem, is thrilled to announce their annual benefit event, "Hold ‘Em In Harlem," commemorating 100 years of the Harlem Renaissance and 25 years of CTH, as well as its upcoming season in honor of longtime trustee, the late Andre Braugher. The benefit event will take place on May 23rd at 6PM at The Renaissance Harlem Hotel Ballroom, 233 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027.

Attendees will enjoy games including poker, blackjack, and more, as well as an open bar and d'oeuvres, prizes and a silent auction.

"We are proud to host this event as part of our commitment to showcasing the transformative power of art," said Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. "This event not only raises vital funds for public art but also highlights the importance of arts in building healthy and vibrant communities."

Event Details:
•Date: May 23rd, 2024
•Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
•Location: The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, Harlem New York, NY

Tickets are $150 for a seat at the Poker table, $100 for non-players, and sponsorship tables and recognition opportunities are also available.

CTH is dedicating their entire 25th Anniversary Season to longtime trustee Andre Braugher. The 2024-25 season will also continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, and will open with a FREE Harlem Renaissance-themed Uptown Shakespeare in the Park production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Carl Cofield in Marcus Garvey Park in July; and the world premiere of Memnon by Will Power, directed by Carl Cofield at the Getty Villa in California in September.

For more information about the show, and how to reserve tickets, please visit

New York Public Radio is a media partner of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

The 2024 CTH season will also include the following performances:
•June 24, 2024: Person Place Thing Interview with Randy Cohen and Ty Jones
•July 6 - 28, 2024: A Midsummer Night's Dream (free) at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.
•September 2024: The Getty Villa and Classical Theatre of Harlem present the World Premiere of Memnon, written by Will Power and directed by Carl Cofield, bringing the story of Ethiopia's powerful king to life as he answers the call to defend Troy. This Homeric episode, once a staple of the ancient Greek and Roman epic tradition, had been forgotten—until now.

About The Classical Theatre Of Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is an American theatre company that tells stories through the lens of the African diaspora. CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature and contemporary works that will stand the test of time. Since its founding in 1999, CTH has presented works ranging from traditional classical playwrights (Anton Chekhov, Euripides and William Shakespeare) to established 20th-century playwrights (August Wilson, Langston Hughes and Jean Genet) to new plays by emerging playwrights. CTH also proudly provides theater-based training and live theater experiences to Harlem youth and their families through its arts education program, Project Classics. The organization incorporates other theater-related programming including Future Classics, Playwrights' Playground, and Revisited Classics to engage new audiences, invest in artistic development and give exposure to emerging creators.

The company serves over 20,000 live audience members per year. Its online offerings have drawn over 500,000 viewers. To learn more, visit

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