This exhibition contains graphic content that may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.Last year, America lost 81,000 men, women and children to drug overdoses. Driven primarily by the opioid crisis–and abetted by the pill-pushing of pharmaceutical companies–millions of individuals and countless families were devastated by addiction. The war on drugs has failed: from sea to shining sea, fentanyl, heroin, K2, crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs are available in nearly every town and city. Drug-related violence has endangered many of our streets, including Courtlandt Avenue, home to the Bronx Documentary Center.After decades of ever-changing anti-drug strategies, we are still left with familiar and yet unanswered questions: how to stop the overdoses; how to keep our youth from addiction; how to stop drug-related violence; how to offer humanitarian treatment.
The Bronx Documentary Center’s upcoming photo exhibition, The Human Cost: America’s Drug Plague, explores these issues and portrays the toll of America’s drug scourge. The deeply personal stories told here–of losing children, families and freedom–provide a stark but compassionate look at a very complex dynamic. James Nachtwey, the dean of American conflict photographers, reports with visual journalist and editor, Paul Moakley, from New Hampshire, Ohio, Boston, San Francisco and beyond. Jeffrey Stockbridge documents Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood over the course of 6 years. And Mark E. Trent follows a tight-knit group of friends in West Virginia through cycles of substance abuse and tragic death. The BDC hopes this exhibition will lead to productive discussions about an intractable American problem.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s “Seize The King”
The cast is set for the outdoor premiere of Seize The King, which will begin previews uptown at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on July 6th ahead of a July 9th official opening.
Broadway’s Carson Elrod and AUDELCO nominee RJ Foster will join Ro Boddie, Andrea Patterson, & Alisha Espinosa in the company. Foster and Patterson are returning to CTH after previously having starred in the company’s New York Times Critic’s Pick production of The Bacchae.
Carl Cofield is directing Will Power’s Seize The King, an explosive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia.
Health and safety measures will be in place for the duration of the production, which will be one of the first to reopen New York’s live theatre scene since lockdowns began in early 2020.
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 theatre-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 18,000 live audience members (pre-pandemic). Its new online offerings this past season have drawn over 500,000 viewers.