Clare Coss
News:

Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2014
Woodie King, Jr
New Federal Theatre
Equity Showcase:

Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington by Clare Coss

Starring Kathleen Chalfant and Tim Simonson
Directed by Gabrielle L Kurlander

The Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd St, NYC

"Tonight's experience at the New Federal Theatre with Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington was wonderful. Coss has achieved an excellent depiction of two compelling characters - dialogue, pacing, tone - and history! The play is all his biographer could wish for as a fitting tribute."

David Levering Lewis, W.E.B. DuBois, Vols I & II (Pulitzer Prizes)
Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History, New York University

"Successfully brings to light their untold story"

Village Voice

"Magnificent Work of Art – mutual respect, love, beautiful working relationship. I wish that everyone could see this play."

Black Star News

"Jointly forging a movement – interesting!"

The New York Times

"Engaging and Deeply Moving – a riveting drama"

Berkshire Fine Arts

"A perfect defining moment for Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington"

Curtain Up

"Inspired – First Rate – Feisty, Flirtatious, Passionate"

BReviews and News at TP

"Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington is a compelling theatrical portrait of two remarkable individuals – one black, one white - joined in a pioneering struggle against racial injustice. Their deep attraction and fierce conflicts reveal the hopes and challenges that defined the nature of the NAACP’s daring interracial efforts at a time when segregation was deeply entrenched throughout the United States. In bringing this unlikely and tumultuous partnership to the stage, Coss sets off sparks from beginning to end. We need to know Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington today!""

Patricia Sullivan
Lift Every Voice, The History of the NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

"Clare Coss' gem of a play reconstructs a tormented moment when two of our great early twentieth century Civil Rights leaders almost went separate ways. Capturing the moment of disagreement, Coss evokes a century-long debate between advocates of slow and patient reform and champions of revolutionary change, both of whom sought to right a great wrong. In moving and suspenseful language Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington impels each of us to confront the continuing struggle for racial justice."

Alice Kessler-Harris
R. Gordon Hoxie
Professor of History Columbia University

 

 

Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

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Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

DR. DU BOIS AND MISS OVINGTON captures a moment of crisis between a black man and a white woman, friends and activist allies, at a time of increasing violence against the African-American community, as World War I unfolds.  W.E.B. Du Bois and Mary White Ovington,   two co-founders of the NAACP, find themselves unexpectedly alone in their New York City office on a Sunday morning, June 1915.  Infuriated over the decision of white board members to curtail his autonomy, Dr. Du Bois is determined to resign.  Miss Ovington confronts his firm resolve with every weapon in her intellectual and emotional arsenal.  She has little time before his train departs to try to change his mind.  They advocate, spar, flirt, clash, reveal secrets, and compete to save their vital work. A dangerous river of desire runs through their complex relationship, infused with their shared love of justice and commitment to fight for a better world.

DR. DU BOIS AND MISS OVINGTON was produced by Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theatre in association with Castillo Theatre, Dan Friedman Artistic Director, Diane Stiles Managing Director.  Opening: January 17, 2014. 

The cast and creative team:

Miss Ovington…………………………………………………Kathleen Chalfant
Dr. Du Bois………………………………………………………Timothy Simonson
Director……………………………………………………………Gabrielle Kurlander
Choreographer……………………………………………… Lonne Moretton
Production Stage Manager…………………………… Bayo
Set Design………………………………………………………Chris Cumberbatch
Light Design……………………………………………………Antoinette Tynes
Costume Design………………………………………………Ali Turns
Sound Design………………………………………………… Bill Toles
Technical Director……………………………………………Anthony Davidson

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Staged Readings:  Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

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Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington
Spare Times, New York Times, February 22, 2013
Staged Reading February 22, 23, 24, 2013
in celebration of Black History Month.
Kathleen Chalfant and Peter Jay Fernandez star in
‘Dr. DuBois and Miss Ovington’ by Clare Coss,
directed by Gabrielle Kurlander.

Set in 1915, the play centers on the volatile collaboration between civil rights activists W.E.B. DuBois and Mary White Ovington, two co-founders of the N.A.A.C.P. Presented by Woodie King Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit at Castillo Theatre, NYC, a talkback followed Sunday’s matinee led by Laura D. Blackburne, chairwoman and publisher of The Crisis magazine and a former New York State Supreme Court judge.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre Presents
The Gurfein-Merine Family Foundation/
Ntozake Shange Play Reading Series

DR. DUBOIS AND MISS OVINGTON
A NEW PLAY BY Clare Coss
DIRECTED BY Gabrielle Kurlander

Kathleen Chalfant / Danny Glover

Kathleen Chalfant

Keith Randolph Smith

Starring: Kathleen Chalfant | Keith Randolph Smith
Stage Directions: Madelyn Chapman
Stage Manager: Odessa Spruill
Castillo Theatre, 543 West 42nd Street, New York City