Theatre of the Living Word proudly celebrates
over twenty-five years of bringing the excitement of live performance to
local audiences. For their Silver Anniversary, the company staged William Shakespeare's
Hamlet. Based primarily at the L. Charles Gray Theatre
Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans, in Queens,
New York, TLW also collaborates with other companies to go "beyond the walls," in
order to reach wider audiences. Working with the famed
American Repertory Theatre, TLW has presented Oliver Stephenson's
at the Metropolitan Community Church, and
Moon on a Rainbow
Shawl at Henry Street Settlement. For Black
History Month 2007,
the company staged a full-scale (with orchestra) production of Scott
Joplin's Treemonisha, with the support of CUNY's York College
Performing Arts Center.
TLW has featured the plays of such acclaimed writers as Ossie Davis,
Langston Hughes, Leslie Lee,
Jeffrey Stetson, and Nannie L. Burroughs.
In addition, the company has also presented many originals works, such
as Then &
Now, by Marlon Campbell, Sojourn, by Millicent Jones & Geri
Taylor-Brown, and the very popular Caribbean drama Coralfish Island, by
Douglas Nathaniel Williams.
Through the Saint Albans Multipurpose Community Center, the
company has trained many young people in the Theatre Arts, as well as
staging hip original plays such as MixDown, and A Kid's Life, wherein
students served as designers, cast, and crew. TLW also collaborates with
the PCSA Summer Vacation Bible School on their annual productions.
The late Millicent Jones founded Theatre of the Living Word in the
Spring of 1986. The
first production staged was Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the
Sun. After many productive and successful years, Mr. Campbell succeeded her as
Executive Director in January 2005. From the very beginning, PCSA?s
dynamic Pastor, Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, has strongly supported and
encouraged TLW's creative endeavors. With an eye to the future, young people are
involved in every aspect of TLW productions, both onstage and behind the scenes.