The Department of Theatre’s Phillip M. Church will be directing a dramatized staged reading of The Hampton Years, by Jacqueline E. Lawton, at Gablestage on Monday, October 20, at 7:00PM. Husband and wife team and Department of Theatre Professors, Rebecca Covey and Aaron Alpern, will portray the roles of Viktor and Margaret Lowenfeld, and adjunct professor Stephen Neal will play Dr. Malcolm Shaw Maclean. Theatre’s showing will not be limited to faculty members, however – talented BFA Performance student Madeleine Escarne will portray the role of Samella Sanders (Lewis).
The Hampton Years is a historical play; chronicling local events, it focuses on pivotal years at the Hampton Institute, Virginia, during WWII and explores the development of African American artists John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian-Jewish refugee painter and educator Viktor Lowenfeld. The author touches on many profound topics like the discrimination Africans-Americans and Jews faced in the 1940s, war, art, and pursuing one’s dreams. Audiences will instantly take to Viktor because of his progressive thinking, open mind, and admirable passion for his work. John Biggers is bright and insightful, and Samella Lewis comes across as talented and strong minded. The play is captivating because most people can relate to one or more of the thought provoking topics explored.
Author Jacqueline E. Lawton will be coming to Miami to collaborate with the cast during rehearsals.
Performance Date: October 20, 7:00PM
Location: Gablestage 1200 Anastasia Avenue Coral Gables, Fl 33134
This is a free event with limited seating on a first-come-first-serve basis.
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