Past Features

February 20, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 2)

Two Plays in Repertory to Focus on Women's Struggles

The cast of The Tragedy and the Triumph.
The cast of "The Tragedy and the Triumph." 

In honor of Women's History Month in March, the Urban Theatre Initiative will present The Tragedy and Triumph, two plays by and about women accomplishing their goals, at Lehman's Studio Theatre. Performances begin Tuesday, March 6, and continue through Sunday, March 11. The plays will be presented in repertory.

Written by veteran playwright Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, From the Mississippi Delta chronicles one young woman's struggle out of poverty and her journey to achieve a higher education. Dr. Holland, who was born in the Delta, wrote the play as an intimate look at what it really takes to overcome the odds to succeed.

...So Goes a Nation, written by Harvard University graduate N. LaQuis Harkins, confronts the tragedy of AIDS and the Black American female population. The play delves into the pandemic situations that have led young women to become the largest-growing group infected with this crippling disease.

Following is the performance schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 6, at 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12. Special student and senior rates are available. For more information, group sales or reservations, visit, call 212-352-3101, or e-mail