The Negro Ensemble Company presented The Picture Box, a new play by Cate Ryan, Off Broadway at Theater Row. The play, a warm and loving story about the relationship between a caretaker ( a young black man) and the little girl, who lives in the home he watches over, opened last night at the Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street.
Directed by Charles Weldon, the story set in the deep south and in New York’s Long Island is told without an intermission in 1hour and 20 minutes. The tale chronicles the lifelong bond between the black caretaker and a young white girl, who has been emotionally abandoned by her mother, a result of the mother’s second marriage. The excellent cast features Arthur French, Elain Graham, Jennifer Van Dyck, Malachy Cleary and Marisa Redantry. The set designer is Patrice Davidson, with costume design by Mark Caswell, and the lighting designer is Ves Weaver.
Sunday January 15, 2012 there was a lively opening night party in the upstairs lounge attended by the cast and creative team.
By Barry Gordin
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The Picture Box is playing on Theatre Row at Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street. For tickets call 212-239-6200