The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Apr 29 7:30PM
Rhapsody in Black
This is a Pay What You Will performance.

Teachers - bring your students to the 11AM school matinee!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Post Show Community Conversation

Moderated by Albany Business Review Publisher Walter Thorne with special guests D. Colin, Carol Daggs & Kevin Johnson.

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. We follow his life story -- from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, Pennsylvania to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that land adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually 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. Multiple elements combine to give Rhapsody its super-powered emotional punch, many of them concentrated in the incredible persona of its star. Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. This is partly because he’s confronting heavy subjects, but mostly because he believes so firmly in his message that it’s impossible for it to emerge any other way. In his own words, “Objective truth strikes a chord.”

Post Show Community Conversation

We are pleased to offer a Post-Show Discussion and Q & A for this performance, moderated by Albany Business Review Publisher Walter Thorne, with special guests:

D. Colin, Multidisciplinary Artist & Poet

Carol Daggs, Jazzage Musician

Kevin Johnon, Johnson Communications & Executive Director of the Palace Theatre

Leland Gantt, Creator of Rhapsody in Black

We hope you will join us for this thoughtful and important conversation.

This performance is also being offered as a school time matinee at 11AM for teachers and students. Please visit our Education - In Our Community page for more information.

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