Tess Onwueme's The Missing Face begins previews Saturday, April 28 2001, at Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Art Center

The Missing Face by African playwright Tess Onwueme begins previews Saturday, April 28 at the Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street. Patricia White directed the production with a cast including: Stephanie Berry, William Jay Marshall, and Angeline Butler. The Missing Face will premiere May 4.

A story about the quest for family and manhood, The Missing Face centers around a struggling, single mother from Milwaukee who refuses to allow her child to become a victim of life on the streets. She returns with her son to their African homeland to find the father who abandoned them. The play is heightened by music and dance.

Ms. Onwueme is one of Africa's leading female playwrights. Her plays include: The Broken Calabash, The Rein of Wazobia, Mirror for Campus, The Artist's Homecoming, and A Sent of Onions.

Ms. White most recently directed several plays in the Zora Neale Hurston Women's Playwright Series for New Federal Theatre. Other credits include To Gleam It Around, To Show My Shine at Playwrights Horizon, and Mojo for New Day Repertory. Sets for The Missing Face are by Terry Chandler, costumes by Anita Ellis, and lighting by Antionette Tynes.

The Missing Face will alternate performances with Beautiful Things. Tickets are available through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at www.metrobase.com/newfederal and group rates for 10 or more at (212) 353-1176.

Performance Schedule [Previews begin April 28]

April 28 at 3 and 8 PM May 16-18 at 7:30 PM
April 29 at 3 PM May 23-25 at 7:30 PM
May 2-4 at 7:30 PM May 26 at 3 and 8 PM
May 12 at 3 and 8 PM May 27 at 3 PM

Contact: Corinne Hall [maxeisen@aol.com]

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