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Rhapsody in Black

Theatre spot light on black curtain with smoke.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Price: $7

Grunin Center for the Arts

1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754

Grunin Center for the Arts

Event Description

Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC's Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLand's personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. 

Follow his life story from an underprivileged upbringing in the ghettos dealing with crime and drugs to an acting career that would land adult LeLand in situations where he was the only African-American in the room.

His efforts to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked "The Other" is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions. 

Please Note

This show explores the topic of racism, and includes sensitive and difficult situations and language.

About Leland Gantt

Leland Gantt first unveiled Rhapsody in Black at the WorkShop Theater Company's Sundays@Six reading series in March 2013. 

Subsequently, it was developed at The Actors Studio and with Estelle Parsons as Directorial Consultant, Rhapsody garnered both Best Director and Best Storyteller awards at the United Solo Festival in 2014.

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