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LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

by Celeste Bedford Walker
Friday, Nov 30th & Saturday, Dec. 30th, 2012
At The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (New York City)

Official Website: ShadesOfTruthTheatre.com

Shades of Truth Theatre
by Celeste Bedford Walker
Directed by Aixa Kendrick

In 1921, in a small community in Tulsa, Oklahoma there was a Black paradise called Greenwood. This community consisted of Blacks, who fled the oppression of the South; to carve out for themselves their place in history. They formed a peculiar society of Blacks, Indians, and Jews, who respected and did business with each other. In time, some of the Blacks who happened to settle on oil rich land became incredibly wealthy. So wealthy, in fact, that the town was soon known as Black Wall Street. In a mere 36 block section of town, these African-Americans owned and operated up to 600 thriving businesses.

One of the most popular of these businesses was Old Lady Boleys’, an eating establishment which is where our play begins. One Sunday evening, the town’s more influential citizens gathered to have their pictures taken for the local newspaper; in honor of the community’s 20th anniversary. Before the play ends, the entire community of Greenwood is completely burned to the ground. In a 12 hour period, a major Black economic movement is halted.

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway (@ 165th Street)
New York City
Ph: 212-568-1341
Train Travel: #1, "A" or "C" train to 168th Street

Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 3PM and 7:30PM and
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 3PM and 7:30PM

General Admission is 25.00
Groups of 10 or more: Tickets - 20.00
Groups of 20 or more: Tickets - 15.00

About Shades of Truth Theatre Company...
We would like to extend a special "Thank You" to a valuable asset of Shades of Truth Theatre. You!!! The enthusiastic responses to "Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till", Zora Returns to Harlem, After Midnight! Kings Powerful Rebuke of the War in Vietnam and our longest running production The Meeting by Jeff Stetson compels us to persevere. Because of you, we have the passion to explore and develop relevant, provocative, and innovative new plays written by and about people of color and the Black experience.

Shades of Truth Theatre, Audelco Award Winner 2009, has been a welcoming presence in the theater community for the past 10 years because of its excellence in producing positive and affordable entertainment with high standards. At the core of Shades of Truth Theatre is our commitment to produce works that stimulate, agitate and activate. We are excited to bring to the stage as part of the 2013 season Celeste Bedford Walker’s new play "Black Wall Street" based on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Thank you so very much for your consideration in presenting one of our outstanding theatrical productions in your facility. Please review the details below on the shows that will be available for 2013. Booking fees are often modified based on circumstances…let's dialogue.

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