The River Niger

Play - Original

Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: March 23, 1973
  • Opening Date: March 27, 1973
  • Closing Date: November 25, 1973
  • Previews: 4
  • Performances: 280

Playwright: Joseph A. Walker


A black poet is forced to paint houses to provide for his family in Harlem. That family's history, including his son's decision to leave the Air Force and the street life for law school, is the subject of Joseph A. Walker's play.


Opening Night Cast

Graham Brown Dr. Dudley Stanton
Jothan Callins Bass Player
Wyatt Davis Voice of Lt. Staples
Frances Foster Grandma Wilhelmina Brown
Dean Irby Al
Saundra McClain Gail
Neville Richen Mo
Les Roberts Jeff Williams
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Joseph A. Walker Writer
  Douglas Turner Ward Director
  Gary James Wheeler Scenic Design
  Edna Watson Costume Design
  Shirley Prendergast Lighting Design
  Howard Atlee Press Representative
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1973 Most Promising Playwright Joseph A. Walker Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1974 Featured Actor in a Play Douglas Turner Ward Nominee
1974 Featured Actress in a Play Roxie Roker Nominee
1974 Play   Winner
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