RHAPSODY IN BLACK to Play United Solo Festival, Begin. 9/27
Conceived, written and performed by LeLand Gantt with Estelle Parsons as directorial consultant, Rhapsody in Black opens in Theatre Row's Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., on Saturday, September 27th at 4pm.
Relating stories at once harrowing, incredible, and often hilarious-brushes with crime, drugs and alcohol, as well as interactions with racist and non-racist white AND black people-Rhapsody in Black traces one man's journey from realization to acceptance to ultimate transcendence of the demon Racism. Raw, brutally honest, poignant and funny, Rhapsody in Black aims to spark a conversation about discrimination and identity, and to illuminate the dark corners where fact and fiction meet fear and ignorance.
Hailed by writer Naomi Wolf as "moving...dazzling, [and] truly unforgettable...one of the most profound and searing documents I have encountered about what it feels like to be African-American in America," Rhapsody was unveiled as a Sunday at Six reading with the award-winning WorkShop Theatre Company in early 2013, and was subsequently developed at The Actors' Studio--picking up Estelle Parsons as directorial consultant and a three-week workshop run in November of that same year. Reprised as a Showcase production at the WorkShop Theatre this past February, RHAPSODY IN BLACK takes its next steps with the United Solo Festival on Saturday, September 27th at 4pm.