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Between the World and Me 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hip Hop Culture

Experience Ta-Nehisi Coates's book Between the World and Me with a live performance event weaving together excerpted selections, interactive visual storytelling, and newly composed music. Featured on the New York Times best-seller list, Between the World and Me offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

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Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Original Score by Jason Moran

Featuring a stellar cast including Scandal’s Joe Morton (2017 Emmy® Award–winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series), This Is Us’s Susan Kelechi Watson, superstar tap dancer Savion Glover, Broadway and film actress Pauletta Pearson Washington, screen and stage actor Greg Alverez Reid, Hip Hop playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Tony Award®–nominated actress Michelle WilsonBlack Thought of The Roots, and twelve-time Grammy® Award–winner singer Ledisi.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

This live performance event will be a presentation of excerpted selections, read monologue-style by notable guest artists with newly composed music by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Jason Moran (Selma and Netflix’s 13th), direction by Apollo Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes (Broadway’s Stickfly, NBC’s The Wiz), and interactive visual storytelling by projection media artists.

Commissioned by the Apollo Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Produced by the Apollo Theater in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.