Friday, June 2, 2006

Nashville civil rights history on stage tonight June 2

The Nashville City Paper reports in this story that Nashville’s Amun Ra Theatre (ART) and Actor’s Bridge Ensemble will conduct a joint reading of the play "Ordinary Heroes," which features Nashville's prominent role in the civil rights movement. The reading is a preview; performances of the play will debut in February 2007.

“'This is truly a collaborative effort between black and white theatrical companies,' Amun Ra Artistic Director and playwright jeff obafemi carr said. 'We’re doing this as a 50-50 project, and as a way of really looking at the whole scope of Nashville’s involvement in and contributions to the Civil Rights movement. It’s a 21st century production, the marriage of the MTV generation with the classic theatrical style and structure.'”

"Ordinary Heroes combines straight narrative, spoken word segments, dance, music and multi-media inserts. It was originally funded through a creation grant with the Metro Arts Commission, and the two companies interviewed both famous and little-known people who were involved in the movement. The play offers many stories, images, encounters and anecdotes, and carr emphasizes the importance of audience attendance and interaction at tonight’s reading."

The reading is at 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Actor’s Bridge Ensemble Neuhoff Site, 100 Monroe Street. Cost is $7. For more information call 506-5988 or e-mail

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