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Actors Studio presents ‘Rhapsody in Black’

11/7/2013, 10:50 a.m.

For three weekends only, the Actors Studio presents “Rhapsody in Black,”

conceived, written and performed by LeLand Gantt and directed by Estelle

Parsons. Free performances began Friday, Nov. 1 and will continue through Sunday, Nov. 17. Showtimes are Thursdays through Saturdays at

8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Politically significant, socially relevant, poignant and funny, “Rhapsody in Black” addresses the psychological and emotional effects of racism on Black men growing up in America. Gantt’s credits include “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Malcolm X” with Spike Lee; “Presumed Innocent” with Harrison Ford; guest appearances on “JAG,” “Law and Order,” “New York Undercover” and as Martin Luther King in the NBC series “Hoover vs. The Kennedys.” Gantt has played Iago opposite Delroy Lindo’s Othello and to date has performed seven plays of August Wilson’s ten-play “American Century Cycle.”

Parsons is an Oscar winner (“Bonnie and Clyde”) and a Peabody recipient (“Animals, Animals, Animals”). On television, while she is best known for her 10-year association with “Roseanne” playing Beverly Harris, she got her start in entertainment as one of the eight people who put together the “Today Show.” Beginning as the weather woman and co-starring with J. Fred Muggs, she graduated to become a news journalist and was the first woman to do broadcast news. Parsons has directed Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare on Broadway series and more recently directed Al Pacino in “Salome,” which also began at the Actors Studio.

To get your free tickets, please call 212-757-0870 x0 or email reservations@theactorsstudio.org.