In the 1960s, Harlem was home to famous jazz clubs like Small's
Paradise, the Savoy Ballroom and the Cotton Club. Harlem claimed
many legendary musicians, writers and activists: Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X to name a few. Harlem was also the hangout of a fictional character Hughes created named Jesse B. Semple, whose friends affectionately call SIMPLE.
In February, Focusing the Resources for Community Enlightenment will
bring this Harlem past to present by bringing Hughes' stories to life in the
script-in-hand presentation, Simple Stories/Simple Truths: Selected Works by Langston Hughes. Script-in-hand performances are interpretive or dramatic readings in which actors read their lines with script in hand.
Simple Stories captures the mood, movement, and vitality of Harlem and
black America during the 1960's while presenting fictional conversations
between Hughes and Jesse B. Semple, an ordinary man with
extraordinary insights on being black in white America which he expresses in a natural and SIMPLE way. In keeping with the stories' cafe setting, audience members will be served food and beverage in the fictional Club Caf (c) @ 1555 after the performances.
Performances will take place Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 6 p.m. at
1555 South Salina Street. Admission is $15. Call 315-382-5987 to secure a seat. Seating is limited!