Juney Smith of Rainbow Media Group and Reed R. McCants of Black History Mini Docs have partnered to film a feature length documentary “King of Stage” (The story of legendary theatre producer Woodie King Jr.) Smith and McCants are native New Yorkers who began their theatre artist careers in New York City, and always respected and admired Woodie King Jr. They were compelled to make a film due to their strong belief that his life, his works and career should be documented in a film.

Woodie King Jr. is the founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre and National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. He has presented over 200 productions in New Federal Theatre 47th Season, which began in 1970.  In addition to producing Broadway shows such as “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf”, “What the Winesellers Buy” and “Checkmates” in which he also directed. This giant of a man facilitated theatre artists of every discipline. Many of the actors have become house hold names such as Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and so many more. 

King of Stage Upcoming Screenings

2018 Newark Black Film Festival 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7 pm


FREE Admission

Screening Location: Newark Museum

First come, first seated

Theme: Up Against Tradition

Film Screening: King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story

The inspiring story of legendary theatre producer Woodie King Jr., founder and producing director of the New Federal Theater and National Black Touring Circuit.  In addition to producing shows such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf.  2018, 92 mins.

Host: Juney Smith, Director of King of Stage

Speaker: Woodie King, Jr., Founding Director of the New Federal TheatreWE LOOK 


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