WHEN: Wed. - Sat. at 7 p.m.; with special school matinees at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14-16.
WHERE: ASU's Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building; corner N. University & S. Jackson.
INFO: To make reservations, buy tickets or more info, call 334-229-6929 or visit http://www.ticketreturn.com.
It is Black History Month and what better subject to celebrate it than a home-grown theatrical play on Africa to America.
Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts has done just that and it starts this week with an exciting look at the African-American experience as it presents a special performance of “Africa to America: The History of A People” at the Leila Barlow Theatre in ASU’s Tullibody Fine Arts Building.
The play, created and directed by the chairwoman of ASU's Theatre Arts Department, the Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman, is a tale of perspective, pride and power, and a celebration of African-American heritage and honor.
Told with sensitivity, music and dance, this rich and powerful experience depicts the struggles, determination and triumph as seen through the eyes of many African ancestors who survived the trip from Africa to America. The audience member is taken into the lives of the 'experience/diaspora' through the eyes of iconic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, Rosa Parks and the first African-American President and First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama.
“Americans would not be who they are today had it not been for the contributions that were made, often at great cost, by people of African ancestry,” said Coleman. “This play sheds a light on our ancestors’ passions, strengths and courage.”
The cast features ASU alumni Jerry Morris, Ron McCall and Kendrick Hardy with a special appearance by Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, acclaimed screen/stage actress and dean of ASU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Evening performances are at 7 p.m. nightly on Feb. 15-18, with 10 a.m. special school matinees on Feb. 14-16. The doors of the theatre will open one hour prior to the curtain going up.
General admission for both evening and matinee performances is $10; and $6 for ASU students with a valid I.D.
To make matinee reservations for school groups or for tickets and information, call 334-229-6929/4551 or visit www.ticketreturn.com.
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper
Monday, February 13th 2017 at 4:41PM
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