La Familia Repertory Theater Company
headquartered in Manhattan
James Weldon Johnson's
"The Crucifixion, an Oratorio"
HOLY SATURDAY APRIL 20
2:30 - 5 PM Performance 3 PM
ON STATEN ISLAND
La Familia has been presenting this piece at various venues in the New York area during Holy Week since the late 1970s.
Each performance is completely different, without compromising the story. The only constant is that Jesus is always played by a woman. Their message is that Jesus is beyond gender, that women suffer the fame plight as men.
Images from 2017 and 2018 performances
The work is experimental, intense, up close, visually rich and, above all, very moving.
About the Family Repertory Company
The Family Repertory Company since being founded by Marvin F. Camillo, Sr. (aka Pancho) during the 70’s, has always been a company committed to creating a community for artists and an outlet for creative expression. Now under the direction of Marvin F. Camillo Valentine, or Panchito, his son, the legacy continues as we bring together artists and audiences of all ages, from all cultures and backgrounds to share their stories.
The Family Repertory Company has presented musical cabarets, series of short stories and various other theatrical performances in Manhattan, Staten Island, New Jersey and Westchester County. We also teach workshops in movement, voice, improvisation, audition technique and social media savvy. We partner with various churches, community centers and arts organizations to help bring the arts to all who are interested.
“The Crucifixion” was first conceived of by Pancho. We are now committed to doing this every year, as our giveback to churches and communities throughout the tri-state area. The concepts and some of the music changes from year to year, but what is consistent is that it is a celebration of the joy and rebirth of the Easter season, and an opportunity for artists to collaborate and create and share with the audiences we connect with.
Panchito oversees and is Executive Producer on all projects that The Family Repertory Company presents. As of 2019, Traci Timmons is now co-Artistic Director of the company where she has served since 2016 as a Human Resources Director and Musical Director. With her background in both theatre production and education she heads the artistic team in charge of “The Crucifixion” in partnership with our Associate Director, Darius, A. Journigan. Each year, we invite our entire company to join the cast, so that seasoned actors dancers and singers may stretch themselves in ways they have not before, while it is also the opportunity for new members and less experienced artists to work with the team to learn the craft of creating a musical theatre piece in a nurturing yet professional environment. The next generation of teen talent from the actual FAMILY of La Familia is with us again: Matthew Davis and Magen Meenan who debuted in last year’s cast. Also returning is Perry Garrett, Jr. The cast is rounded out by Kyle Duncan, an original Family Repertory Company member under Marvin Sr. And our youngest cast member making HIS professional debut at the tender age of eleven: Roman Roina.
The Family's schedule of 2019 Performances
St. Paul’s Chapel – Trinity Church 209 Broadway (Fulton & Vesey) NYC - Sunday March 10th 1:30pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church 81 Christopher St. (7th Ave.) NYC - Sunday April 14th 11:00am
Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition (BWAC) 481 Van Brunt St. – Door 7, Red Hook, Bklyn. – Sunday April 14th 3:00pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church 81 Christopher St. (7th Ave.) NYC - Friday April 19th 3:00pm
Dutch Reformed Church 54 Port Richmond Ave. Staten Island - Saturday April 20th 3:00pm
About James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, civil rights activist. He is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. In 1920, he was the first African American to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture.
He was appointed under President Theodore Roosevelt as US consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua for most of the period from 1906 to 1913. In 1934 he was the first African-American professor to be hired at New York University. Later in life, he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University, a historically black university.
About The Crucifixion
“The Crucifixion” is a musical adaptation of the poem by James Weldon Johnson from his 1927 book of poems "God's Trombone,” patterned after traditional African-American religious oratory. Praised by Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West, Johnson saw the trombone as the musical instrument most resembling the range and sound of the human voice.