*A part of the D.C. Black Theatre Festival: "Winston Summers" runs
for one night only: Wednesday, June 26th at 9p. at Blackburn Hall
on the campus of Howard University.
• The show is FREE-“donations accepted”
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Nostalgically depicting the era of the Black Power movement in the early 1970’s the play takes place in a small New England liberal arts college where four friends gather and meet regularly in Orrdell Brooks’ dormitory room. A surprise visit and free lecture given by world-renowned African-American author, playwright and activist scholar Winston Summers has just been announced a mere two days before the program is scheduled to take place. Rumor has it the event’s ‘sponsorship’ is in some way connected to “the four most despised Caucasian students on the entire NHI campus” (an exclusive sentiment held mostly by the majority membership of the college’s Black Student Union). Thus, a boycott of the program is hastily organized by the BSU. But Orrdell is nevertheless being forced into attendance at the event by his thoroughly influential mentor and academic advisor, Dr. Byron T. Washington, a highly regarded and greatly respected Black administrator of the college… And then the wind hits the fan.
Co-Produced & Written by Reginald G. Small, Produced & Directed by L.Roi Boyd, III