By Victor Vauban Júnior
Directed by Victor Vauban Júnior
February 1 – February 18
FEB 1 - FEB 18; THU, FRI, SAT at 7:45 PM, SUN at 2:45 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field



February 1 – 18, 2024
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:45 PM, Sunday at 2:45 PM

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 Students and Seniors
Run Time: 90 minutes

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Street)

‘LEAVES’ is a full-length, ninety minute play, written and directed by Victor Vauban Junior. Mr. Vauban finds inspiration for his narratives in the works of artists like August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Willliams and the late Nina Simone, who said, “the artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” The primary themes of this play include assimilationism, colorism, the importance of family and mental health.

In this domestic drama, we are introduced to Muriel, a devoted housewife living happily ever after with her beloved husband, Curtis and their two children, James and Rhonda. They are a quintessential middle-class, African American family living a normal life in Syracuse. However, despite their content and conventional appearance, this family also has its secrets. Before long, we witness to their unraveling, with heated accusations and discussions that involve everything from loyalty, jealousy and colorism to assimilationism and mental health, all of which are still controversial subjects within the African American community.

Ria Alexander
Ben Rowe
Soyini Cranshaw
Felix Oozusi
Valerie Donaldson
Natalie Djondo
Malynne Smith
Travis Barbour
John Jackson
Christopher W. Clayton

Playwright-Director: Victor Vauban Junior
Associate Producer, Costume Designer: Everett Clark
Set design: Victor Vauban Junior.
Set Supervision: Mark Marcante and Lytza Colon.
Set Construction: Jon McHatton, Lola Saenz, J.C Augustin
Light Design: Lucky, Victor Vauban Junior
Light and Sound: Lucky, Geoffrey Christopher, Victor Vauban Junior

COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.