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144 Star Starred
International City Theatre
at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center 330 East Seaside Way Long Beach, CA 90802
562-436-4610
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24 events
20 reviews
7 stars
24 events
20 reviews
7 stars
Casual dress is fine. If our June Gloom continues, bring a sweater.
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"The Old Settler"
23 ratings
4.6 average rating
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496 events
173 reviews
69 stars
attended Jun 01 2011

Well performed, interesting subject matter

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50 events
31 reviews
92 stars
attended Jun 12 2011

I really loved this event; the education content, the cast, the set design and my daughters did too.

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30 reviews
26 stars
attended Jun 25 2011

I took my young teen and she enjoyed the play as much as I did. I really loved all the cast members, written very well and performance great!!
I recommended the play to my friends. All the seats were good.

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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

Description

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.