Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, LaChanze and More to Participate in 2022 Annual Harlem Stage Gala

Harlem Stage will present its annual gala and first opening night of A Drop of Midnight by global hip-hop artist Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité, conducted by Jonathan McCrory. The Monday, June 6 party is co-hosted by award-winning actors and Harlem Stage board members Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy.

Additionally, in a special pre-show presentation led by Cruz and Rux, the 2022 Harlem Stage Gala celebration will pay tribute to Carrie Mae Weems – the influential contemporary artist, activist and renowned photographer whose work s spans five decades – with its “Harlem Stage Transformative Artist Award” and hip-hop dance artist and choreographer Sun Kim will be honored with the “Harlem Stage Emerging Artist Award.”

TICKET prices and package details for the June 6 gala evening are as follows:

LIVE PERFORMANCE at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse | Hosted by Hugh Dancy

  • $1,250 (single ticket) for a 6:00 p.m. pre-show cocktail reception at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue) + reserved seating for the 7:00 p.m. LIVE PERFORMANCE of A Drop of Midnight and the after- party, with music from DJ April Hunt, immediately follow at Malt House – Harlem (461 West 126th Street).

LIVE WATCHING NIGHT at Malt House – Harlem | Hosted by Claire Danes

  • $1,250 (single ticket) for a 6 p.m. pre-show cocktail and red carpet at Malt House – Harlem (461 West 126th Street) + reserved seat for the 7 p.m. LIVE VIEWING of A Drop of Midnight and after-party with music by DJ Chasse d’Avril.

A DROP OF MIDNIGHT: Commissioned by Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks program, A Drop of Midnight is a gripping theatrical performance featuring Diakité, with live musical accompaniment by the seven-piece Rakiem Walker Project (Red Rooster Harlem house band) and Swedish composer/musician Erik Hjarpe. Jonathan McCrory (Obie Award winner, Harlem-based artist and artistic director of the National Black Theatre) is a director and playwright.

Adapted from Diakité’s bestselling 2016 memoir of the same name, A Drop of Midnight follows the hip-hop artist, born to interracial American parents in Sweden, and his story of growing up in the fragile cultural and racial divide. Diakité takes audiences on a journey through the origins of his ancestors as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents’ struggles as an interracial couple, and his connection to hip-hop that brought him to life. helped build a strong black identity in Sweden.

June’s strictly limited engagement will play seven shows:

  • Monday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. (pre-show opening gala at 6:00 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday 11 June at 2 p.m. in the morning & Saturday 11 June at 7.30 p.m.

Regular ticket prices for A Drop of Midnight are $25 for general admission and $50 for priority seating. (Running time is 90 minutes.)

Support from this year’s gala and funds raised during the evening help Harlem Stage ensure that the work of visionary artists of color continues and is accessible to thousands of people. For a full list of supporters, visit

HARLEM STAGE is the performing arts center that connects Harlem’s cultural heritage with contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For nearly 40 years, Harlem Stage has stood at the intersection of art and social justice with a singular mission to perpetuate and celebrate Harlem’s unique and diverse artistic heritage and the indelible impression it has made. left on American culture. We provide opportunities, commissions and support for artists of color; make performances easily accessible to all audiences; and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. Visit





MONDAY, JUNE 6 at 6 p.m. (ET)

Co-hosted by Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

Prize giving before the show by PATRICIA CRUZ

to the 2022 GALA HONORS:

Contemporary artist and activist Carrie Mae Weems

Hip-hop dance artist SUN KIM

Other special guests to include:

Award-winning actors LaChanze and Tamara Tunie,

Acclaimed Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson and more

James C. Tibbs