New Freedom Theatre

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2017 Barrymore Awards nominations

On August 21, Theatre Philadelphia announced nominees for the 2017 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Established companies led the day.

Mother Emanuel cast. Front LtR, Lauren Morgan, Christopher Augustin, Sabriaya Shipley. Back, Christian Branch. Image by Ethimo Foto.

MOTHER EMANUEL—AN AMERICAN MUSICAL PLAY (New Freedom Theatre): Taking the theater to church

New Freedom Theatre honors Emanuel Nine in new musical by creating a gospel celebration that honors their lives

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Barrymore Awards Nominations

Industry insiders vote on their favorite shows and artists in their community from the preceding theater season. The resulting awards recognize the best that Philly stages have to offer, and also musicals.

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DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE! (New Freedom): Occupying our space, a community’s fight for permanence

Strikes a raw nerve as it addresses the issue of institutional buy-out of impoverished neighborhoods

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Jamaica, Jamaica: Interview with actors and dancers at the New Freedom Theatre

Cast members share their responses to this exuberant musical:

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JAMAICA (New Freedom): A great big musical full of vibrant colors, delectable lyrics, high spirits, and island vibes

New Freedom Theatre in North Philadelphia is dedicated to presenting productions that illuminate the multifaceted African American experience. Their current production, JAMAICA, is based on a musical that opened on…

Amir Randall is Trayvon Martin in THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN at New Freedom Theatre. Photo by ethimofoto.net

THE BALLAD OF TRAYVON MARTIN (New Freedom): When a play makes you feel something

New Freedom Theatre’s latest teaches us that anger is a valid reaction to any play that depicts racial injustice.