WORLD PREMIERE OF “1943,” A NEW WORK FOR MUSICAL THEATRE, SET FOR AUGUST 13TH AT CSU
Duke Ellington leading his big band, Lena Horne on the silver screen, Billy Strayhorn composing “America’s classical music,” Zora Neale Hurston taking the literary scene by storm, World War II, the Great Migration, and the social and economic transformation of the nation. These and other topics are explored in “1943,” a new work for musical theatre that will have its world premiere on the evening of Saturday, August 13, 2011, in the ballroom of Cleveland State University’s Student Center Building, 2121 Euclid Avenue. Proceeds will benefit student and community outreach programs. Reservations are required.
Activities for the evening include the following:
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. Elegant Buffet Dinner ($25)
7:30 p.m. Seating Begins for FREE Performance
* Art Exhibit throughout Evening!
For reservations and other information, please visit http://stagingafricanamericanhistoryandculture.ticketleap.com/ or contact Dr. Regennia N. Williams (CSU, Department of History) at (216) 523-7182 or email@example.com.
Written and directed by Nathaniel Rhodes, this work is inspired, in part, by the life and times of Lena Horne (1917 – 2010). The cast for this staged reading with live vocal and instrumental music includes: Christopher B. Baptiste Jr., Robin Bradley, Wilhelmenia Glenn (Me’Na), Shenee King, Nathaniel Rhodes, Theresa Ann Scott (Mama T), and Jessie Champion Sims.
This event is made possible with support from the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity, the STARS Program, the Department of History, the Cleveland Chautauqua Planning Committee, and RASHAD’s “Staging African American History and Culture” Project.