Talkbacks To Accompany LOOKING FOR LEROY

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Talkbacks To Accompany LOOKING FOR LEROY

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT) has scheduled talk backs to follow five matinee performances of "Looking for Leroy" by Larry Muhammad, a two-character play that reflects on the legacy of the late LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. Baraka was a leading dramatist the 20th century who defined the role of the Black playwright for our age. NFT is presenting the world premiere of this play February 28 to March 31 at Castillo Theater, 543 West 42nd Street.

Producer Woodie King, Jr. and the play's director, Petronia Paley, will be panelists at all the talk backs, joined by the following celebrity guests.

Saturday, March 2 (following 2:30 PM show) -- Larry Muhammad, playwright of "Looking for Leroy."

Sunday, March 10 (following 2:30 PM show) -- Abiodun Oyewole, poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which developed into what is considered to be the first hip hop group.

Sunday, March 17 (following 2:30 PM show) -- Sonia Sanchez, a poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement and recipient of the 2001 Robert Frost medal and the 2018 Wallace Stevens Award.

Sunday, March 24 (following 2:30 PM show) -- Jessica Care Moore, poet, playwright, performance artist, producer and recipient of the 2013 Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Sunday, March 31 (following 2:30 PM show) -- Tom Porter, who has been Dean of African American Studies at Ohio University, Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change in Atlanta and Director of the Antioch Graduate School of Education.

Photo by Jonathan Slaff

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