OnQ Performing Arts presents
An Evening With Paul Carter Harrison: Redefining Black Theater
Thursday, September 1, 6pm-8pm
Foundation For The Carolinas
220 North Tryon St. CLT, NC 28202
Light Hor O’duerves will be served
OnQ embarks on the beginning of its 2016-2017 season celebrating their 10 year anniversary. Over the past decade, OnQ has grown to become an anchor in Charlotte’s cultural landscape and touchstone for social change. OnQ proudly presents an evening with world renowned scholar and playwright, Paul Carter Harrison. Harrison is a Award winning Black Theater Legend and will present his Lecture on “Redefining Black Theater”. If you have enjoyed any of our work the past #10yearsOnQ and want to see our arts institution thrive for the next 10 years to come, please Join OnQ and Paul Carter Harrison for this stimulating One Night Only event night at Foundation For The Carolinas.
Live Music Provided by The Harvey Cummings Project
About Paul Carter Harrison
Paul Carter Harrison is an award-winning playwright/director/theatre theorist who has had a long artistic association with the Negro Ensemble Company that had produced his earlier works, TOPHAT, ABERCROMBIE APOCALYPSE, and produced his signature Obie Award play, THE GREAT MACDADDY. Harrison is the author of THE DRAMA OF NOMMO (1973) a seminal collection of essays on African Diasporic expression, the editor of several anthologies of Black Theatre plays, as well as the co-editor of a volume of essays, BLACK THEATRE: RITUAL PERFORMANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (2002) that has amplified the aesthetics of Black Theatre practice. A recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting, a National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship, and two Meet-the-Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissions, Harrison currently resides in Panama after retiring from 27 years of service at Columbia College Chicago, yet continues to pursue his scholastic interests as Visiting Artist/Scholar at Emory University where he guides a research project on Critical Vocabulary for African Diasporic Expressivity. In 2014, he served as co-director of the National Endowment of Humanities sponsored Institute at Emory University titled “Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expression: Sacred Systems in the Nexus Between Cultural Studies, Religion, and Philosophy”. In the same year, he directed his re-imagined opera, DOXOLOGY OPERA as a Dance-ritual entitled DOXOLOGY RINGSHOUT in a collaboration with the legendary choreographer, Dianne McIntyre.
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