Portrayal of Fannie Lou Hamer

UTSA presents 'Portraits of American Courage' Feb. 25

(Feb. 21, 2005)--Los Angeles-based acting ensemble Will and Company will perform "Portraits of American Courage: African-Americans You Wish You Had Known," at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) at the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Following the performance, a panel of local scholars and community leaders will discuss African-American history from a theatrical perspective at 2:15 p.m. in the auditorium. The dramatic production and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

The performance piece is an examination of notable African-Americans and their contributions to American history. Playwright Colin Cox wrote "Portraits" to enlighten, encourage and educate a multigenerational and multicultural audience on some of the unsung heroes of African-American history.

Los Angeles-based actors Christy Joy Wilson and Will Owen portray historical characters such as Madame C.J. Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer and W.E.B. DuBois. The play explores through words and dramatic monologs the societal contributions of key African-American leaders.

According to UTSA English professor Bill Mullen, "African-American history is a perfect subject for the theater. I believe this play captures the essence and the passion of a worthy story."

The panel discussion moderator is Richard Lewis, Presidential Fellow in the UTSA Office of the President. Panelists for the discussion include Bill Mullen, UTSA communication professor Carol Adams-Means, San Antonio Express-News columnist Cary Clack, Carver Community Cultural Center Director William Lewis III and UTSA and Northwest Vista College political science professor Frederick Williams.

The panel will discuss the play, its representation of African-American life and the role of creative arts and theater in forwarding African-American struggles.

Cox is a playwright known throughout the United States for his work on diversity. This project is the first of its kind to debut in the San Antonio area.

For more information contact Bill Mullen at (210) 458-5351 or Sandra Steen, Sandra Steen and Associates Inc., at (210) 804-0655.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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