NEWARK – A play about abolitionist David Walker, co-presented in honor of Black History Month by the Newark Museum and NJPAC’s Arts Education Department, will be read Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the museum. The event is free with suggested museum admission.
The play, Raising David Walker, challenges the way people think about African-American and American histories. Walker was an African-American leader and activist who risked his life by publicly demanding the immediate end of slavery in the United States during the early days of the Republic.
The play, written by Peter Snoad and directed by Obie award-winner and NJPAC teaching artist Nikkole Salter, features Broadway actress Tia James, whose credits include the portrayal of an enslaved African-American woman depicted in Winslow Homer’s “Near Andersonville” for a video that is part of the Museum’s “Civil War @ 150” curriculum.
Following the reading, there will be a conversation with the director, playwright and actors, and a reception.
“It’s especially appropriate to stage this play in 2013, on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation because David Walker is an unsung hero of the struggle to end slavery,” said Snoad, whose plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. “Walker was labeled a radical because of his uncompromising honesty on the issue of slavery. What David Walker had to say, the issues he raised, still have remarkable resonance and relevance today.”
Call 1-973-596-6550 to pre-register. Please note: the play contains strong language. For more information, visit www.newarkmuseum.org.