Rhapsody in Black performed by Leland Gantt
Performance Tuesday, December 6th 2016 at 8:00 p.m. in the Johnny Carson Theater
Inspiring, thought-provoking and linguistically awesome, this spellbinding production follows writer/actor LeLand Gantt’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. From an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of Pennsylvania, to his career as an actor, Gantt’s performance is sure to spark conversations and leave a lasting impression.
“Can we rise above our prejudices with honest conversation? …LeLand Gantt trumpets a resounding yes.” – The Huffington Post
Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand architect, and Tony Award-winning poet.
He first garnered national attention appearing in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway in 2002, which won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and netted Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. Andersen also appeared in eight episodes of HBO's ode to spoken word, Def Poetry.
Over the past decade, Andersen has performed in venues across the country, from New York's Nuyorican Poets Cafe to Hollywood's Kodak Theater. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films, including Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and was the subject of the documentary Lemon, a look at his journey from three-time felon to bold-faced name - and how leaving one's past behind just isn't that simple.