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SEED NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: September 16, 2011
Did He Like It?*
Seed is set months before the landmark Nixzmary Brown abuse case that would change child welfare in New York City forever. Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to leave the field on a high note by writing a book detailing her career and the child welfare case that brought her acclaim. But when Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the 'projects' in Anne's gentrified Harlem neighborhood, collides into her life, she is forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her own past. Chee-Chee and Anne develop an unconventional friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening Chee-Chee's future. Infused with the vibrant rhythm and verse of Hip-Hop culture, Seed begs the question: how far are we willing to go to ensure the well being of our children? Under the direction of Niegel Smith, the characters in this compelling new play confront the class and cultural divides that exist in one of America's most prominent black communities.
Kindness, Again by Strangers
*By ANITA GATES
Published: September 29, 2011
"Radha Blank’s “Seed” begins on a subway platform in Harlem, where a 12-year-old boy drops a book at a stranger’s feet.The stranger is Anne Colleen Simpson (Bridgit Antoinette Evans), a single social worker. When the boy, Che-Che (Khadim Diop), opens his mouth, he appears preternaturally articulate. Then we realize that he is reciting the opening of “David Copperfield,” the book he dropped."
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