PLAYBILL Declares … Woodie King Jr. As A “Man on A Mission”!



Karu F. Daniels journalist for PlayBill…

Woodie King, Jr., founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre, chats with about his theatrical accomplishments and dedication to presenting diversity onstage while celebrating Black History Month.

Woodie King, Jr. is a man on a mission

It’s been more than four decades since he founded New York City’s groundbreaking New Federal Theatre, and the maverick is showing no signs of slowing down. With almost 300 productions already under his belt, he just wrapped the world premiere of Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington at the Castillo Theater. Of the Clare Coss-written play, which revolved around a critical time for two founding members of the NAACP, King said he wanted to tell a story that was never told before.

“I’ve know Clare Coss for 35 years and I’ve produced or co-produced other plays by this writer. I approached her eight years ago about writing a play about Dr. Du Bois and Mary White Ovington, she thought about it and came up with a draft two years ago,” he explained. “I did a reading of the play and then she did more re-writes. I produced a three-day production for the 2013 Black History Month Series and it worked.”

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