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The Purple Flower and Other Plays

Belk Theater, Robinson Hall

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The Department of Theatre welcomes the exciting guest artists Khalid Hill and Ricardo Foster to the stage for this innovative production of African-American short plays. Although awarded best new play by Crisis magazine in 1927, Marita Bonner’s Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, The Purple Flower, has rarely been seen on stage. This new production deconstructs her original allegorical text and places it alongside the visionary works of other African-American authors and educators, including Paul Carter Harrison, Cherry Jackson, and Amiri Baraka. These voices attempt to address the crisis of urban violence in America and how best to respond to manifestations of racism and oppression. 

Watch an interview with director James Vesce and student actor Dylaney Edinger here.

Performances are Wednesday, February 18 - Saturday, February 21 at 7:30  PM and Sunday, February 22 at 2:00  PM

Khalid Hill is a professional artist who currently resides in Harlem, NY. He has been training in tap dancing for 30 years. His credits include: the first national tour of Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk under the direction of George C Wolfe; Invitations To A Dancer with Savion Glover; The Jerry Lewis Telethon 2006 in Las Vegas; Cholesterol Low Down (national tour) with Debbie Allen and Dick Clark, and Bounce (in Disney World). 

Ricardo Foster Jr. has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a dancer, choreographer, performer, actor, comedian, and model. He has worked and performed with artists such as Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, Wu-Tang and Beyoncé.

Tickets are $14 for general admission, $9 for seniors and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff, and $6 for all students. Contains adult content; not recommended for children under 16.