‘The Meeting’ by Jeff Stetson plus WSTG Ensemble’s play entitled, STAND UP!

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A TEST OF physical strength between Dr. King (Jonathan Moore) and student Rashad (D’Arnaz Gaston Jr.) is not as challenging as the social issues King and his counterpart Malcolm X face in The Meeting.

The Meeting opens The West Side Theatre Guild’s 21st season! The Meeting is fascinating and dramatically compelling, this eloquent play depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs, but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets would await them.

Directed by Mark Spencer, Assistant Director-Jennifer Mead, Scenic Design-Ann Davis, Lighting Design-Guy Rhodes.

The play stars Jonathan Floyd Moore as Martin Luther King Jr., Ryan Robinson as Malcolm X, and D’Arnaz Gaston Jr. as Rashad.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., portrayed by Jonathan Moore, enjoys a conversation of mutual respect with Malcolm X, portrayed by Ryan Robinson, and is assisted into his jacket by high school student D’ Arnaz Gaston Jr. who plays Rashad in the play, The Meeting. In the play the two men debate the grave social problems of the time.

STAND UP!, engages the audience, raises awareness, and encourages healthy resolutions and actions, and targets the issues on a peer-to-peer level, in frank and clear “teen” language that young audiences can relate. The music and raps are designed to bring the message home and to continue the messages for longer, broader benefits. Co-directed by Mark Spencer and student director D’Arnaz Gaston Jr.

Performance Schedule: October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28 @ 7 p.m., October 20, and 27 @ 4 p.m.

Location: 900 Gerry St., Gary, IN. Patrons are asked to use DOOR E. The play will take place in an intimate 120 seat theatre.

Tickets are $10.00 and can bepurchased by calling 219-390-WSTG (9784) or at the door on the day of show.

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