"Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement" Screening at Denison
Posted: December 9, 2007 / Last Updated: December 27, 2007
Denison University continues its film series, in conjunction with the college's Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, with a screening of "Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Herrick Hall Auditorium (500 West Loop), with guest faculty speaker Ron Pitts, director of the Ujima Theatre Company.
"Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement" documents the creation of a new theatre form born of the civil rights movement of the late 50s and 60s. With interviews of top African-American artists such as Ossie Davis, James Earl Jones and Amiri Baraka, and excerpts from films such as "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Black Girl," this film describes the artists' aspirations and objectives for the black community.
Pitts co-founded the Ujima Theatre Company with playwright August Wilson and poet Rob Penny in Pittsburgh in 1972 and opened in Columbus in 1981. The Ujima's goal is "to use the performing arts as a means of increasing awareness of life's complexities and the realism that we encounter within our lifetime."
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CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Screening of "Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement" at 7 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, in Herrick Hall Auditorium (500 West Loop). Free and open to the public. For further information, contact Lisa Scott at (740) 587-6711.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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