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Clemens Center – Rhapsody in Black
June 14 @ 12:00 am - June 20 @ 12:00 amFree
Over the past year, the Clemens Center has taken up diversity initiatives, encouraged Board and staff members to self-educate, and commissioned programming to bring the conversation of racism and unconscious bias to the forefront. Our plans are to continue bringing the community together to share stories, exchange points of view, and transform lives. Please join us for the upcoming virtual performance of Rhapsody in Black as part of our mission to bring quality of life experiences to everyone throughout the Southern Tier.
Thanks to the vision and funding of the John G. Ullman & Associates Foundation, Inc., the Clemens Center was able to join 12 other notable theatres across the United States to commission this important and timely performance, and offer it to the community FREE of charge.
Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLand’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. We follow his life story — from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, Pennsylvania to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that land adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. His efforts to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked “The Other” is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions. Multiple elements combine to give Rhapsody its super-powered emotional punch, many of them concentrated in the incredible persona of its star.
Please note that this show explores the topic of racism, and includes sensitive and difficult situations and language. This very personal account brings to life what it feels like to walk in a black man’s shoes in America.
Pre-registration is required for this virtual performance to be streamed June 14 – 20. A separate live Q&A via Zoom with writer, actor Leland Gantt will take place Thursday, June 17 @ 8:30pm. Contact Janice Slocum at email@example.com or call 607-735-2777 to register and receive your streaming link.