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Faison Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Heartbeat’

1/30/2014, 3:53 p.m.
Close-up of an African-American Union soldier in the field as seen in “Civil War: The Untold Story.” Photo courtesy of Great Divide Pictures photo

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Harlem’s own Faison Firehouse Theatre (located at 6 Hancock Place at 124th Street, between Morningside and St. Nicholas avenues) will present a special two-hour evening of entertainment to kick off Black History Month, celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation and contemplate the outcome if President Abraham Lincoln had been defeated in his re-election bid.

Entitled “HeartBeat,” the live event, hosted and emceed by Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison and NY1 anchor and author Cheryl Wills, will include stirring music and original dance pieces from and inspired by the period, along with readings of historic excerpts by abolitionists Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Live performances will be followed by a sneak-peek screening of “Civil War: The Untold Story: With Malice Toward None,” the final hour in a visually stunning five-part TV documentary series that shows how political, social and military forces of the war collided in Atlanta during the summer of 1864—a time when Lincoln’s re-election and the Emancipation Proclamation were both hanging in the balance.

The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made at mail@faisonfirehouse.org or by calling the Faison Firehouse Theatre box office at 347-210-8679.