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Host Deardra Shuler talks with playwright Jeffrey Sweet about his play Court Martial at Fort Devens, starring Nambi Kelley. A playwright in her own right, Kelley will talk about the role of Ginny Boyd, a WAC during WW2.
A Woodie King Jr production in collaboration with the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 W. 42nd St, NYC, Court Martial at Fort Devens is the true life story of a strike by Black female members of the Women's Army Corps (WACs) stationed in Massachusetts during World War II. The women joined the corp to train as nurses, only to be relegated to janitorial duties, and other manual labor. Angry, they were removed from nurse training due to the racism of the Units Commanding officer, the brave women battled for racial equality in a segregated US military, refusing to obey orders which led to a court martial and possible death. Directed by Mary Beth Easley, the cast features Alia Shakira Chapman, Evander Duck, Gillian Glasco, Frank Mayers, Emma O'Donnell, Bill Tatum, Keona Welch and Eboni Witcher. Performances are Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2pm. For tickets call 212-941-1234 or go on line at www.castillo.org.
A member of the Dramatist Guild, playwright Jeffrey Sweet teaches at Wagner College and also wrote You Only Shoot the Ones You Love. Nambi Kelley performed in the Ballet of Emmett Till, City of Angels and Cupid.
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