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The Hamilton in DC Celebrates Black History Music Month with The Night Michael Jackson
On Monday, June 25 witness the stage reading before full-production. The Night Michael Jackson Died will take place at The Hamilton—DC's newest destination for envelope-pushing, visionary music and talent from the artistic underground.
By: We Act Radio
The Night Michael Jackson Died is the story of a chance encounter by complete strangers in a club in Little Havana, Miami on June 25, 2009, after MJ's last curtain call. Written by Award-Winning Playwright and Co-Founder of We Act Radio, Kymone Freeman, The Night Michael Jackson Died demonstrates the contrast between the United States and Cuban relations as an ocean of divide is narrowed by a dance floor and the eccentric legacy of MJ. Equally thought-provoking and relevant, The Night Michael Jackson Died blurs the lines between Black and White, young and old, rich and poor along with right and wrong. With five actors and a DJ, this incredible stage reading will be brought to life taking us back to the good times.
The Night Michael Jackson Died cast includes Vaunita Goodman (Quistonda Tornero), John Johnson (Cedric Diallo), Angus Li (Anay Vilmaris), Jason Anderson (Mike Horne), Raquel Brown (Mama Malhumorado)
On Monday, June 25 be one of the first to witness the stage reading before full-production hits the Atlas Theatre stages in 2019. The Night Michael Jackson Died stage reading will take place at The Hamilton—DC's newest destination for envelope-pushing, visionary music and talent from the artistic underground—
Interview opportunities are available with the cast and the playwright. This event will be open to the press. If you would like more information or to request coverage, please contact Faye Hyslop at (703) 597-8839 or Nika Watkins at (678) 744-3473.
Social media interaction is encouraged by using the hashtag #NiteMJDied. Stay connected by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
About Kymone Freeman
Kymone Freeman is an award-winning playwright, activist and commentator. He is the subject of one chapter of the book Beat of a Different Drum: The Untold Stories of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life (Hyperion). He is a 2010 Green for All Fellow & co-founder of We Act Radio DC's Best Social Justice Radio Station 2017 by Washington City Paper and 1st Place 2017 PRNDI Award winner for his Lion and the Map Commentary from the Anacostia Unmapped radio series on WAMU/ NPR's most successful local production in 2016. He was featured as a contributing writer in the most controversial Ebony Magazine in recent history and PBS Online Film Festival for his short film Fresh Prince of Anacostia.
Quotes from the play:
"He bought the Beatles Catalog. He owned 50% of Sony publishing. He called Tommy Mottola the devil. If I was Prince I would watch my back beefing with Warner Brothers." - #NiteMJDied
"He was the biggest artist in the history of the entire world and probably one of the biggest philanthropists too. What he did for the world and what he did to himself... someone should study his bones." - #NiteMJDied
"He was destroyed. It happened right before us. God was destroyed, and we could not stop him, though we did love him, we could not stop him, because who can really stop a black god dying to be white?" - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Nika Watkins (678) 744-3473