THE NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY, INC. REVIVES “DAUGHTERS OF THE MOCK”
BY JUDI ANN MASON MAY 24 TO JUNE 10.
WHERE AND WHEN:
May 24 to June 10, 2017
Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Place
Presented by The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (www.necinc.org)
Tickets: $25.00 General Admission; $20.00 Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.
Schedule: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM plus: Sunday, 5/28 at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM; Saturday, 6/3 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, 6/10 at 9:00 PM. (16 performances total)
May 24 is opening night with reception; separate reception tickets are $25.00.
Box office: 866-811-4111, www.necinc.org. Group sales 212-582-5860
Running time :90. Critics are invited on or after May 24.
NEW YORK, April 27 — The 50th season of The Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective of some of the troupe’s signature works, continues May 24 to June 10 at Theatre 80 St. Marks with “Daughters of the Mock” by Judi Ann Mason. The play is a poignant and suspenseful statement on disappointment and regret set in a Creole family that is struggling to break with mystical traditions that have bound it up for generations. Director is Denise Yvonne Dowse, who worked with the playwright on “Beverly Hills 90210” and previously directed Mason’s similarly-themed play, “Eddie Lee Baker is Dead.”
“Daughters of the Mock” was originally produced by The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. at the St. Marks Playhouse in 1978, featuring Frances Foster, Michelle Shay, Olivia Williams, Barbara Montgomery and L. Scott Caldwell, directed by Glenda Dickerson. The play is set in a family of women which is dominated by its grandmother, who has the powers of a Voodoo priestess. There are no male figures in the play, which is aching with loss and unfulfilled love. The fate of the family’s men is an enigma that is revealed shockingly and late in the play. Unlike most of Judi Ann Mason’s work, this play does not buffer its themes of loss and love with comedy; rather, it channels them, Greek tragedy-style, into the mystery of the “mock” — a curse which is passed down through the women of the family.