"X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation" by Marcus Gardley, produced by the Acting Company.

The Acting Company Announces 2017-18 Season

The touring company will present 2 Shakespeares and a Marcus Gardley play about Malcolm X.

NEW YORK CITY: The Acting Company has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring three productions.

“From the acerbic wit of Love’s Labour’s Lost to the longing and excess of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s understanding of the human condition always makes him relevant,” said artistic director Ian Belknap in a statement. “To produce his work alongside Marcus Gardley, who so perfectly articulates the life and death of Malcom X, shows how theatre can look at the past to understand the present.”

The season will start with Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, a coproduction with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The play will tour across the Hudson Valley in Garrison, N.Y., Aug. 12–Sept. 2, and then will be presented at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aug. 14-29. After that it will tour New York City schools (Sept. 18-29). Ian Belknap will direct.

Next up will Marcus Gardley’s X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (Jan. 13-Feb. 25, 2018), about the assassination of Malcolm X. The production will be presented at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York City.

Following will be Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a coproduction with Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players. The production will run at the Thompson Theater at Roselle Center for the Arts in Newark, De. (April 19-May 6, 2018) and then at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brookyn (May 10-27, 2018). Maria Aitken will direct.

The Acting Company, founded in 1972, brings classic plays and new works to under-served communities across the country with its national tours.

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