Rhapsody in Black
I think it’s wonderful to have somebody get up and in their own words say, ‘Here’s what I went through, here’s the effect all these things had on me.’ ESTELLE PARSONS
Rhapsody in Black
Written and performed by LeLand Gantt
Tuesday, January 26 at 12 & 7PM
Tickets: $10 (12PM) & $25 (7PM) General Admission
Developed at NYC's Actors Studio with Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one man show that explores LeLand Gantt's personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. We follow his spellbinding life story -- from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, PA to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that lands adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. How he manages to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked “The Other,” is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail guaranteed to leave lasting impressions. Charming, self-deprecatingly funny and linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt confronts heavy subjects with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel.
Suggested reading: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
This engagement of Rhapsody in Black is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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