On March 10, 2021 we will present a Zoom reading of White Woman, Black Boy by David Holmberg, directed by Austin Pendleton (nominated for Broadway’s 1981 Tony Award as Best Director for directing Elizabeth Taylor in a revival of Lillian Hellman‘s The Little Foxes.)
On the eve of her possible indictment in the notorious Emmitt Till murder case, the widow of one of his killers, along with other women connected to the incident, comes to terms with her terrible past.
The cast will feature Debra Khan-Bey (American Hunger) and Rutanya Alda (Mommy Dearest, Deer Hunter)
White Woman, Black Boy was accepted in the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival and was due to go up in August 2020 but it was postponed until September 2021. Stupid COVID.
David Holmberg is an “old school” journalist who worked for New York Newsday, The Washington Star, and the Philadelphia Daily News, among other newspapers. He covered the civil rights movement, the war in El Salvador, and the AIDS crisis in New York in the ’80’s. As a free-lancer, he has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Times regional edition and culture and travel sections, The Nation, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Huffington Post and Reuters. He was a senior editor of The Village Voice and taught journalism at New York University. He has had three plays produced off-off Broadway: I’m Dying Now and I Did Not Kill Emmett Till, based on an interview with one of Till’s killers; A Cop Shot My Son!, based on the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a Hispanic police officer in Miami, and White Woman, Black Boy: Carolyn Bryant and Emmett Till, based on a failed attempt in 2005 to indict Bryant for Till’s murder.
We will revive our suspended stage production of A Black and White Cookie at Theater for the New City when the fates allow.
At this time we are doing early work in preparation of taking Almost 13, written and performed by Joan Kane and directed and designed by Bruce A! Kraemer to Edinburgh in 2021, if there is an Edinburgh in 2021.
“Joan Kane is a powerhouse. Having lived the experience, she now relives it on stage. Her portrayal of each character is so real that you forget she is only one person.” Matt D’Silva in AllAboutSolo.com, October 1, 2019
“Love heals even when the hope seems gone. When the lights went to blackout after her last brilliant and hopeful line, she came out to do her a bow to a standing ovation. Three times.”
Malini Singh McDonald in Malinism, September 30, 2019
Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer are signed up to work on several projects for other companies in 2021. Watch the Ego Actus posts on Faceboook, Twiitter and Instagram for more details as they evolve.