The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) present a reading of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonnie Elder III. Directed by Steven Anthony Jones.
Compared to A Raisin in the Sun by many critics, this drama shows us a family who aspire to better things but who go about in it in the wrong and tragic way. The father has a barbershop but no customers, and two sons and daughter. The sons are shiftless, and try to make a fast buck with home brew.
It is the daughter who works and supports them all. Other characters of the family's Harlem neighborhood complete this portrait of one urban community at a pivotal time for the politics of race, business, and real estate.
"A drama of power and importance. The best play of the season." - N.Y. Post
"Reminded me irresistibly of O'Casey. Its mood, poised between comedy and tragedy, is identical, intensity of feeling and love of language are similar, and there is a common cause in its undercurrents of rebellion. A remarkable play." - N.Y. Times
"Exciting drama, filled with meaningful insight and original comedy."-NBC TV
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at MoAD is a collaboration that connects theater and the visual arts, bringing both audiences together, making each art form more accessible and relevant to both constituencies and providing context across art forms. Each presentation will be followed by an audience discussion.
Free for MoAD Members and LHT Subscribers
General Admission $10 | Students & Seniors $5