Common comes to Harlem for Coates reading

LAPACAZO SANDOVAL | 3/29/2018, 3:49 p.m.
Oscar winner, Brother Common, is coming to the Apollo stage for the theatrically staged reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning book, ...

“The Apollo has a historic tradition of providing the community, specifically the Black community, with a powerful platform to share conversations of struggle and pride through arts and culture,” said Coates. “Watching ‘Between the World and Me’ come alive on this iconic stage is incredibly exciting and gratifying.”

Forbes and Moran will encourage the actors and artists taking part in the production to interpret Coates’ powerful narrative voice, knitting together individual reactions and personal connections to reimagine “Between the World and Me” as a theatrical piece. The stage interpretation of the book is meant to act as a raw dialogue, similar to the one Coates has with his son in the text. These performances will be set against deliberately designed projections, a visual representation of Coates’ writing, and will be accompanied by Moran’s captivating score.

“I feel honored to be able to interpret what is one of the most important pieces of contemporary literature on the Apollo stage,” said Moran, Kennedy Center artistic director of jazz. “Ta-Nehisi explores critical Black American musical influences, including ’90s hip-hop legends such as Nas, Black Thought and the Wu-Tang Clan, as a part of the larger Black male identity in ‘Between the World and Me,’ and it was very important for me to be able to represent and translate them as part of this narrative while also remaining true to the overall voice of the book.”