To kick off Black History Month, DGS students will present their Black History Play, “Fires in the Mirror.” Showtimes are Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and free for all DGS students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Activities Office (630-795-8518).
**This play may contain elements that are not suitable for some audiences, content is not appropriate for small children.
In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, an Hasidic man's car jumped a curb, killing Gavin Cato, a seven-year-old black child. Later, in what appears to have been an act of retaliation on the part of a faction of the black community, Yankel Rosenbaum, an Hasidic rabbinical student, was stabbed and killed. The ensuing riots that wracked Crown Heights' previous atmosphere of tolerance for its divergent cultures made national headlines and pointed to the growing friction in racial and cultural relations across America. Drawing verbatim from a series of over fifty interviews with Crown Heights' residents, politicians, activists, religious leaders, gangs, street dwellers, victims and perpetrators alike, Anna Deavere Smith has created a theatrical event distilling the lives and voices of twenty-six of the incident's survivors into a visionary amalgam, the import of which touches upon every American regardless of race, color or beliefs.
Cast Members: (Names & Roles)
Alexus Allen - George C. Wolfe, Richard Green
Simone Black - Anonymous Girl, Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Michaela Dukes - Angela Davis, Rabbi Shea Hecht, Carmel Cato
Obedina Gyamera - Monique “Big Mo” Matthews, Anonymous Young Man #1
Gizel Issa - Rabbi Joseph Spielman, Michael Miller, Reuvan Ostrov
Kenneth Jordan - Reverend Canon Doctor Heron Sam, Henry Rice
Travis Kays - Aaron M. Bernstein, Robert Sherman
Charley Malloy - Rivkah Siegal, Roslyn Malamud
Judi Nwonye - Reverend Al Sharpton, Minister Conrad Mohammed
Andrew O’Connor - Norman Rosenbaum, Sonny Carson
Brianna Perez - Anonymous Jewish Woman, Anonymous Young Man #2
Miki Valchinova - Student Director
Director of the Play: