Through a joint effort by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, a series of community events will take place from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10 at the National Black Theatre, located on 5th Avenue between 125th and 126th streets in Harlem. The events will run jointly with “Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege.” See below for a listing of all events:
- Feb. 5 – Opening night of “Facing Our Truth”: A musical and ancestral celebration by Adeyemi Michael Lythcott and drummers will precede the play. Afterwards, there will be a reception sponsored by Tonnie’s Minis.
- Feb. 5-10 – The #HoodiesUp art exhibit: Various artists and community organizations such as Art in Flux Harlem and the Harlem School of the Arts will display artwork based on the hoodie worn by Trayvon Martin.
- Feb. 6 – Discussion with directors and cast of “Facing Our Truth”: A conversation about the process of creating the play. Frank Leon Roberts will moderate the discussion.
- Feb. 7 – Youth Day & Speak Out: Open-mic event encouraging youth to let their voices be heard.
- Feb. 8 – Symposium “Face to Face with our Truth”: Following the 2 p.m. matinee showing; focusing on the question “how are we raising our youth?”
- Feb. 8 – Let’s Talk About Race and Privilege: Conversation about the roles race and privilege play in our society, hosted by Darlene Nipper.
- Feb. 10 – Closing night performance of “Facing Our Truth”: Playwrights will give the audience the opportunity to engage in a conversation about the production. Piper Anderson will moderate the discussion.
All performances of “Facing Our Truth” begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All tickets are general admission and cost $25. For any questions, you can contact the National Black Theatre Box Office at (212) 722-3800 or visit their website at www.nationalblacktheatre.org.