Judging by the turnout at the Dwyer Cultural Center on Monday night for the New York premiere of King of Stage: The Woodie King, Jr. Story, a feature length documentary about the legendary theatre producer, it was evident that everybody loves Woodie King, Jr.
In a post on Facebook, playwright Richard Wesley writes, ” Woodie King,Jr. he is one of the most important figures in the evolution of Black Theater in the last half century if not in the entire history of black performance in America. The recent premiere of KING OF STAGE is but the latest well-deserved testament to this great man.”
Woodie King, Jr. is the founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre and National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. Woodie King, Jr. founded New Federal Theatre in 1970 and over the course of 47 seasons, has presented more than 200 productions. In addition to producing Broadway shows such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, What the Winesellers Buy and Checkmates in which he also directed. This giant of a man facilitated theatre artists of every discipline. Many of the actors have become house hold names such as Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and so many more.
Juney Smith of Rainbow Media Group, wrote and directed King of Stage, with Reed R. McCants of Black History Mini Docs who served as Director of Photography and Editor. King of Stage was executive produced by New Federal Theatre’s Woodie King, Jr., Juney Smith and Reed R. McCants.
Like many of the people in the audience (which spilled over into a second room) I have benefitted as an actor and as a photographer from Woodie’s tireless support of artists of color in all creative mediums. I am forever grateful. Check out who came to see the film.
In a post on Facebook, playwright Richard Wesley writes, ” Woodie King, Jr. he is one of the most important figures in the evolution of Black Theater in the last half century if not in the entire history of black performance in America. The recent premiere of KING OF STAGE is but the latest well-deserved testament to this great man.”
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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