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Bentley Announces Performances to Celebrate Black History Month

January 24, 2001

Waltham, Mass.- Bentley college has announced two performances to be held in honor of Black History Month. Both performances are open to the public and will be held at Bentley College.

Emperor Jones, a mixed company production

Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

The Bentley College Koumantzelis Auditorium, Lindsey Hall

Presented by the Bowles performing arts series at Bentley College this Eugene O' Neill drama shows the eternal conflict of good and evil. First produced in 1921, The Emperor Jones met with success from the start. With a run of 204 performances, the play featured African American actor, Charles Gilpin in the leading role. This was the first American play ever to star an African American in its title role. Later, Paul Robeson performed the part on stage and in 1933 starred in a motion picture version loosely based on O'Neill's creation. In the mixed company production, Leonard Stephenson plays the role of Brutus Jones, an ex-Pullman porter who catapults himself into the esteemed position of emperor of a small island in the West Indies. Having exploited the natives, who are on the verge of rebellion, Jones must flee for his life and take refuge in the Great Forest.

Individual tickets for the ahow cost $3/student, $5/staff and faculty, and $7/general public and can be purchased at the LaCava Information Desk in advance or at the Koumantzelis Auditorium Box Office one hour prior to each show. Season tickets are $35 for the general public and offered to students and faculty at reduced rates. For more information call 781/891-3424.

Delta Oracle: A Griot of Speakers in Tongues, by Arthur Flowers

February 12, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.

The Bentley College Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center

This free performance is co-sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Multicultural Center, and features novelist and poet Arthur Flowers. He is the author of novels DeMojo Blues and Another Good Loving Blues and a children's book Cleveland Lees Beale Street Band. Flowers is the John O Killens Visiting Writer at Medger Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. He taught advanced Fiction at FDCAC in New York City and he is the recipient of the NEA Grant in Literature (1991) and the NYSC Grant in Literature (89).

As a performance poet, he was influenced early by the African American performance poetry movement, a tradition which includes Oscar Brown, the Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron and others who combine poetry, music and dramatic presentations as part of a conscious decision to utilize both their Western literary tradition and African oral traditions. By combining poetry, drama and music, they have forged an art form that retains the literary and contemporary African American tradition. His talk will focus on stories from both the 19th century and contemporary African American tradition.

Directions to Bentley College are available by calling 781/891-2100 or on the college web site at

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