Educational Symposium Featuring International Touring Play “THROUGH A KING’S EYES” Highlighting Boyhood of the the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Two educational symposiums featuring the international touring play, “THROUGH A KING’S EYES” will be held on Thursday, October 13th at the Dr. John Hayden Johnson Middle School located at 1400 Bruce Place, SE Washington, DC and on Friday, October 14th at 1:30 PM at THEARC located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE Washington DC. The symposiums are free to students and the public and will feature selected readings from the play, which has toured throughout the United States and South Africa. Seating is limited. This is a family friendly event.
“THROUGH A KING’S EYES” is being presented in Washington, DC as part of an educational program to correlate with the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial. Presentations will continue through a year-long series of performances in the nation’s capital, serving as an educational tool that will provide a culturally enriching experience to Washingtonians and visitors alike. From Washington, DC “THROUGH A KING’S EYES” will travel to London, England for performances during the Cultural Olympiad of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
“THROUGH A KING’S EYES” highlights little-known facts about the boyhood and young adult life of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It encompasses some two years of research in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Massachusetts. It was written (Copyright 1988) to commemorate the observance of the national holiday honoring Dr. King and has since been produced for television. The work has been previously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and has been presented throughout the nation of South Africa at the invitation of the Embassy of South Africa. It (the work) has also been performed in Atlanta, Georgia as part of educational enrichment programs sponsored in part by the City of Atlanta. This piece is archived in The Library of Congress and has been independently evaluated for its educational content.
The symposiums are sponsored by Detroit Theatre for the Dramatic Arts, a nonprofit theatre company with a 26-year history of producing programs of high artistic quality for children and families at no cost to them. In addition to “THROUGH A KING’S EYES,” one of its more recent achievements has been the world premiere of another original work, “OBAMA: A CHILDREN’S FAIRYTALE,” which debuted at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., during President Obama’s inaugural and for which the company received a letter of commendation from the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama. Gregory E. Gray is President, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Detroit Theatre for the Dramatic Arts.
Developing arts in education programs that are both culturally enriching and educationally sound for a population of children and families that are rarely exposed to either is a significant cornerstone of the theatre’s body of work. Productions that include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (saluted by NBC representatives and featuring former NBC star Roz Ryan; “Dreamgirls” (in a promotional partnership with DreamWorks Pictures); “The Mighty Gents” (with program activity featured on STARZ and BET); and “Blues for Mister Charlie” (featuring actress Esther Rolle) are among the roster of shows produced by Detroit Theatre for the Dramatic Arts.