NEW HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP
253 West 138th Street
New York, New York 10030
CONTACT: RenÃ©e Hassell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(New York/March 31, 2006) - New Heritage Theatre Group, New York Cityâ€™s oldest not-
forprofit Black theatre (founded in 1964 by Roger Furman), in association with the Museum
of the City of New York is pleased to present a reading of the play You Dead Yet? written by
Akin Salawu on Thursday, April 20, 2006.
You Dead Yet? is an exploration of family, culture and language. African-American sisters,
Sylvia and Elaine Taylor, embark on a painful yet desperately humorous battle with their
voracious mother that forces the family to excavate long buried secrets. Amidst opposition
from Elaineâ€™s troubled son, his intrusive friend, and a rekindled romance with her high
flame, Sylvia plots to end their motherâ€™s reign once and for all.
Playwright, Akin Salawu, did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he was
awarded the Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for mounting culturally diverse theatre. He received
his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University where You Dead Yet? was first
presented in a playwriting class. Mr. Salawu is a two time Tribeca All Access Writer for You
Dead Yet?, and his screenplay, Glory Masters.
The production features actors:
Pamela Monroe â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.. Elaine
Garrett Lee Hendricks â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦............Devon
Ronald Wycheâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.â€¦Hamilton
You Dead Yet? will be presented on Thursday, April 20th, 7:00 PM at the Museum of the City
of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. Admission is complimentary, but
reservations are required. For reservations and information call 212 926-2550, or visit
This program is made possible in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs â€“ the City of
York, New York City Council Grant, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic
Preservation, and the Arlen Charitable Trust. New Heritage Theatre Group is a proud member
of the Harlem Arts Alliance.