Albany

Black Theatre Troupe announces residency at theRep

Interior view of the new home of Capital Repertory Theatre at 251 N. Pearl Street in Albany, at a former National Biscuit Company factory. Inset: Jean-Remy Monnay, founder and artistic director of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York.
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Interior view of the new home of Capital Repertory Theatre at 251 N. Pearl Street in Albany, at a former National Biscuit Company factory. Inset: Jean-Remy Monnay, founder and artistic director of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York.

The Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate New York will be a resident community company at Capital Repertory Theatre, it was announced by BTTUNY Founder and Artistic Director Jean-Remy Monnay.

For 11 years of programming, the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY (formerly named Soul Rebel Performance Troupe) has had no permanent performance space, which necessitated an ongoing search for venue availability for every show the company produced.

With dedicated headquarters in Capital Repertory Theatre for their upcoming productions, Monnay said,, “In the past, we’ve been blessed with some very generous community partners, that graciously provided space for us, but it is very exciting to know that BTTUNY has a secure home base for all of our shows this season and into the future.

“To know that we can plan a full season of work because we don’t have to worry about ‘where’ the next production will take place, is just so wonderful. With this residency, BTTUNY can grow. Our programming can grow, and so can our audience base.”

“The power of theatre, of the arts, [is] to make the world a better place,” said Monnay, “a place everyone’s stories are told; that’s very important to me and BTTUNY. I believe that theatre belongs to everyone, and so at the core of BTTUNY’s mission is to make sure stories about Black people are produced.

In addition to providing space on both of their new stages (the Lauren and Harold Iselin Studio and the theatre’s Main Stage), Capital Repertory Theatre (and the Proctors Collaborative) will provide some support to BTTUNY such as ticketing, marketing and development support, and some production support as outlined in the agreement between BTTUNY and the Proctors Collaborative.

However, BTTUNY remains its own company. All programming and decisions for BTTUNY remain in the hands of Monnay and his board of directors.

“BTTUNY as a resident company is a milestone in our goal to build bridges with our community,” said theRep’s Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.

All BTTUNY shows will take place at Capital Repertory Theatre (251 North Pearl St.) – with the exception of the 2021 summer show, which will take place at an outdoor venue as noted below.

BTTUNY kicks off its 2021-22 Season with an outdoor production of “Barbecue” by Robert O’Hara. “Barbecue” centers around the O’Mallerys, a dysfunctional group of siblings who come together for a park barbeque in order to stage an emergency intervention for their sister Barbara, whose drug habit has gotten out of hand. “Barbecue” will take place at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence (at 194 Livingston Ave.) with performances on Aug. 20-22 and 27-29 at 6 p.m.

The later productions of “Dead and Breathing” (Oct. 14-24), “N” (April 13-23, 2022) and “Camp Logan” (June 2-12, 2022) will take place at theRep.
For more information, contact the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY at www.blacktheatretroupeupstateny.org, or by calling 518.833.2621 or emailing [email protected]

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