The Carpetbag Theatre Celebrates Black History Month

Woodie King Jr.

Woodie King Jr.

The Carpetbag Theatre would like to invite you to celebrate Black History Month by joining us for an interactive panel on the history of black theater with legendary producer/director Woodie King Jr. and some of the cast from the Clarence Brown Theater's production of A Raisin in the Sun. The panel will take place at 3 pm on February 20, 2013 at Fourth United Presbyterian 1323 N. Broadway.

Woodie King Jr. is a prolific figure in black theater history. King founded the New Federal Theater (NFT) and the National Black Touring Circuit in 1970. This neighborhood-based professional theater has provided emerging playwrights with the opportunity to have their works produced; it has brought minority actors, directors and designers to national attention.

 Over 40 years later, many leading actors that are now on television and in motion pictures started as actors at NFT. Those actors include: Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Robert Downey Jr., Lynn Whitfield, Ruby Dee, and many more.

Kings work in theater, criticism, and creative writing has won him numerous awards, and has positioned him as a pioneer in the theater.

Following the panel, The Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble will continue the celebration by singing songs from their 44-year history at Folk@Fourth. Tickets for Folk@Fourth are $10 and are available at the door.