The World of Ben Caldwell

In April of 1982 the New Federal Theater premiered The World of Ben Caldwell: A Dramatized Examination of the Absurdity of the American Dream and Subsequent Reality, which illustrated the vast differences between white and black expectations for life in America.

From the New York Times:

Garrett Morris, who was one of the regulars on NBC-TV’s ”Saturday Night Live,” will star in ”The World of Ben Caldwell,” five short plays with introductory monologues by Mr. Caldwell. The work is being produced by Woodie King Jr. and Steve Tennen and will open today at the New Federal Theater at the Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street.

Mr. Morris, one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on ”Saturday Night Live” for five years, appeared on Broadway in 1972 in ”Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death.”

The ”Caldwell” cast includes Steve Coats, Morgan Freeman, Reginald Vel Johnson, Terria Joseph, Dianne Kirksey, Kirk Kirksey and B. Jerome Smith. The plays will run through April 18. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 3.

Presented as part of the 1981-82 Season

Play opened April 10, 1982 at the Harry De Jur Henry Street Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Ben Caldwell
Director Richard Gant
Choreographer Warren Knowlton
Stage Manager Debbie Weiner
Set Designer Llewellyn Harrison
Lighting Designer Lynne Reed
Costume Designer Myrna Colley-Lee
Sound Designer Reggie Life
Props Ira Jeffries
Actor Garrett Morris
Actor Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman
Actor Dianne Kirksey
Actor Terria Joseph Terria Joseph
Actor Steven Coats

All 1981-82 Season productions: