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Between the Lines Productions presents the ninth season of David Lamb’s critically acclaimed and long-running Off Broadway play “Platanos Y Collard Greens.”

This season’s production will feature Basketball Wives’ star Royce Reed in the role of the beautiful and powerful college student leader Malady. “Platanos Y Collard Greens” is the romantic tale, which asks ‘if love between Blacks and Latinos can survive?’

Royce Reed will play a limited engagement in “Platanos Y Collard Greens” at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues) in Manhattan. Four shows are scheduled for this month on Feb. 10, 11, 12 and 17.

Platanos Y Collard Greens has been praised by everyone from The New York Times to the Amsterdam News; to Wendy Williams and the Congressional Black Caucus, and now Royce Reed, a lifelong dancer and author is thrilled to join the cast.

“Being a theater major, I am extremely excited and humbled that I’ve been chosen to be a part of “Platanos Y Collard Greens!” I love my character, and I am looking forward to a great run,” states Reed.

Platanos tells the story of two college students, Freeman and Angelita, from different cultures who fall in love at first sight, but problems arrive once Angelita’s mother finds out. The audience will walk with characters as they are forced to confront and overcome prejudices while defending their bond from family and friends. Platanos will remind audiences of their own families, loves and life.

Written by David Lamb, directed by Summer Hill Seven and currently staged by Doni Comas, “Platanos Y Collard Greens” debuted to sold-out audiences in 2003 at a small theater on Manhattan’s west side. Almost 10 years later, the show has built its name as one of New York’s best Off-Broadway shows.

Lamb believes that audience’s ability to connect with the piece is responsible for its ongoing success—which has everything to do with its connective tissue to people. “Platanos is one of the few shows that can be enjoyed by audiences from eight to eighty. They all laugh out loud dozens of times, are deeply touched, and leave feeling inspired,” states Lamb.

“Platanos Y Collard Greens” has been seen by nearly 300,000 people at performing arts venues nationwide, as well as the Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida and The Forum performing arts venue in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The acclaimed show has also included celebrities such as The Breakfast Club Host (105.1 – FM), Charlamagne Tha God and Terrence from BET’s hit show The Game.

Updated 1:39 pm, February 2, 2012
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