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The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s New Production “THE THREE MUSKETEERS” FREE Outdoors Uptown Through July 30

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director) presents the New York premiere of The Three Musketeers, written by Catherine Bush and adapted from the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas.

It’s all for one and one for all as D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers fight to protect the ones they love from the sinister exploits of Cardinal Richelieu. A swashbuckling tale replete with lavish fights and sweeping romance, The Three Musketeers reminds us that together with strength, courage, wit and wisdom, you can always defend what you believe in.

 

An action-packed adventure fit for the whole family, The Three Musketeers follows the escapades of the brave d’Artagnan, who seeks to join the legendary Three Musketeers- the cynical Athos, the vain Porthos and the priestly Aramis- in order to defend the honor of the King and Queen against the villainous Cardinal Richelieu. Meanwhile, Richelieu’s top agents, the bloodthirsty Rochefort and femme fatale Milady de Winter, carry out an intricate plan to sabotage the Queen and undermine the King’s power.

 

As this 19th century classic was written by Dumas, a Frenchman of Haitian ancestry, the design is inspired by an Afro-Caribbean aesthetic with a nod to 17th century European architecture. Vivid patterns and textures will add an unexpected flair to period costumes setting the scene for Bennett’s fresh take on the timeless piece.

 

“Last year, we chose to do Macbeth because I believe that it’s Shakespeare’s most politically significant play, and we are living in politically significant times. The unrest following the 2017 election has now escalated, and the current social climate has our entire political system under indictment. A new majority must be forged, one where the pursuit of ethical truths and the recognition of our shared humanity outweighs our appetite for hyper-individualism and status. The main characters in ‘The Three Musketeers’, though from different backgrounds, must forge an alliance to combat the reprobate behavior of those in the ruling class. ‘All for one and one for all’ is a call to action that resonates now more than ever,”  -Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem.

 

The company of THE THREE MUSKETEERS is Miriam Hyman (as  D’Artagnan; The Piano Lesson ), Emmanuel Brown (as Athos; Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, Kung Fu), Brandon Carter(as Aramis; The Brothers Size, Blood at the Root), Reynaldo Piniella (as Porthos; The Death of the Last Black Man…, The Tempest with CTH), Michael Early (as Cardinal Richelieu; CTH’s AMidsummer Night’s Dream ), R.J. Foster (as Rochefort; Richard III), Anthony Merchant (as King Louis; CTH’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure), and Piera Van de Wiel (as Milady). The ensemble features Afia Abusham, Jeffrey Alkins, Jamar Brathwaite, Avon Haughton, Ava McCoy, Nedra Snipes, Jorge Sanchez, Jak Watson and The Elisa Monte Dance Company.

 

 

 

CREDITS

Playwright:                  Catherine Bush, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Director:                      Jenny Bennett

Choreographer:           Tiffany Rea – Fisher

Fight Choreographer: Emmanuel Brown

Costume Designer:      Rachel Dozier-Ezell

Lighting Designer:      Kate Bashore

Set Designer:               Christopher Swader / Justin Swader

Sound Designer:         Luqman Brown

Music Director:           Shayshahn MacPherson

Prop Designer:            Samantha Shoffner

Production Manager:   Burt Reynolds

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s The Three Musketeers will be showing at:

The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027

Enter the park at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue, and walk south to the venue.

Tickets: FREE to general public, no reservations required.

 

 

For more information about CTH visit: http://www.cthnyc.org.

Connect with CTH:

Twitter:                        @classicalharlem

Instagram:        @classicalharlem

Facebook:        CTH Facebook

 

Major support for CTH provided by Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Braugher Family, Casement Fund, Coalition of Theatres of Color, The Columbus Foundation, ConEdison, Douglas & Paige Armentrout, Ford Foundation, Google, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, L & N Andreas Foundation, Luther & Deborah Ragin, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The Office of NYC Councilmember Inez Dickens, The Office of NYC Councilmember Mark Levine, Puffin Foundation West, Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, SHS Foundation, and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

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