The Old Settler: A Nostalgic Romance About Life in 1940s Harlem
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In 2001, The Old Settler was adapted for television and presented by PBS, starring Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad.
“. . . gentle, sweet-natured comedy . . .” —The New York Times
Written by John Henry Redwood
Directed by ICT Artistic Director Caryn Desai
Set in Harlem during World War II, when hot music played and swing dancers ruled the floor of legendary nightclubs like the Savoy Ballroom, The Old Settler is a funny and moving story of hope, love, dreams, disappointment and forgiveness. Middle-aged sisters Elizabeth and Quilly have learned to put past differences behind them. But when a handsome young man named Husband takes a room as a boarder, old hurts and new tensions are brought to the surface.
“It’s about the need for love and the pain of loneliness,” says desai. “But there’s also a lot of humor, and the play’s setting is fascinating. In 1943, Harlem was a nerve center of music and culture for blacks and whites alike. Remember, this was during the war, long before the Civil Rights movement.”
_The Old Settler _was first performed at the 1995 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. It was seen there by the Russian Theatre Union, and in 1996 the play was produced in Sheleykovo, Russia, followed by a run in Moscow. In 1997, _The Old Settler _had its first American production at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, a co-production with New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre. Since then, there have been numerous productions of the play throughout the U.S. _The Old Settler _has been recognized with an American Theatre Critics Award, the Virginia Duvall Mann Award, the Beverly Hills/Julie Harris Playwrights Award, and the Bryan Family Foundation Drama Award for Southern Literature.