Six Playwrights Will Honor Works From Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry In New Play
Harlem’s The Schomburg Center will present its second annual Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine!, which interprets works from these two influential thinkers.
Hosted by Changing Perceptions Theater, the Schomburg Center will hold its second annual presentation of Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! production. Six playwrights will take the interviews, speeches, and works from Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry to continue their legacy of influencing the black psyche and inspiring artists, thinkers, leaders, and creatives to develop their relationship with the human community.
Taking place on May 19, which is also Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry’s shared birthday, Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! will feature sets of vignettes that will touch on topics such as racism, gentrification and more. Shaun Neblett, one of the playwrights in this production and founder of Changing Perceptions Theater, said he discovered a letter at the Schomburg that Hansberry wrote when she was living in Greenwich Village that helped to inspire this work of art. “It [her letter] really speaks to the gentrification that people are dealing with today in Harlem.
“Changing Perceptions Theater’s mission is paved by Malcolm and Lorraine’s spirit and drive to sharpen the black psyche,” Neblett said in a press release. “Bringing different emerging black theater artists together every year to draw meaning from Malcolm and Lorraine’s ideas to create a show is our way of sending their spirits our gratitude and keeping their important teachings alive.” Happy Birthday Malcolm and Lorraine! is definitely one to bring friends and family to keep the fight and knowledge from our past alive and well.
The production kicks off Saturday, May 19, 2018, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and features the work of Sheyenne Javonne Brown, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Amy Evans, Intikana, Nina Angela Mercer, and Shaun Neblett.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at CP Theater.