KALAMAZOO, Mich. – "Mahalia," the highly respected musical drama about legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, kicks off the Black Arts & Cultural Center's Face Off Theatre Company's fifth season in February. It is timed to coincide with Black History Month.
“Her voice became the center point for the Civil Rights Movement, alongside the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," said Artistic Director Marissa Harrington, noting that the story of Jackson, who faced death threats for singing at anti-racism rallies, continues the company’s founding mission of thought-provoking Black theater that invites social change.
The rest of Season 5 is devoted to the exciting, original works of emerging and seasoned African-American playwrights with local ties: Von Washington Sr., Michelle Johnson, Earlene McMichael, Denise Miller and Shawntai Brown, all active in the performing arts community.
Here’s the lineup:
For more information, email email@example.com. (Photo credit: Mahalia Jackson, Wikimedia Commons.)
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