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Malcolm X

2020 has been quite a year for all of us. As we reflect on the past year we want to thank you for your incredible support of ArtsEmerson and our artists this season. We were fortunate to receive both national and local funding that enabled us to continue supporting international artists in the creation of new works. Currently, we are nurturing a thrilling bounty of new forms, new stories, and experiments in new platforms being…

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An image of Eric Berryman, playing Detroit Red/Malcolm X, with his arms up and staring off to the left. There is text that reads "Outstanding New Script - Will Power" "Outstanding Actor Large Theatre - Eric Berryman" and "Detroit Red." There is also the Elliot Norton logo in the upper right corner and the ArtsEmerson logo in the upper left corner.

On May 11th, 2020 the Elliot Norton Awards announced their award winners, honoring New England theatre across the board. For ArtsEmerson, we are particularly thrilled that Detroit Red won two awards: Outstanding New Script — awarded to playwright Will Power — and Outstanding Actor, Large Theatre — awarded to Eric Berryman for his portrayal of Detroit Red/Malcolm X. Thank you to the Elliot Nortons for recognition and congratulations to all the winners! Check out the…

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A still from Plata Quemada of a man standing behind a see through screen with a black and white projection

There was a moment, in the first week of my junior year of high school, that is the origin story for my life in theatre. It was a small moment, in the scheme of things, but it involved a fork in the road for my self-narrative and I can still replay it in my head, every last detail of it down to the smells and the chill on the night air. An epiphany is a…

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The poster from Detroit Red. It features a sketch of Malcolm X in black and white with a red X over his left eye.

Performances for Detroit Red have finally begun and we could not be more excited to bring this world premiere to Boston. It is truly a moment to celebrate, to tell this story where it happened, and to ensure our community is right alongside us as we delve into Malcolm X’s time in Boston. Of course, we’d love to hear from you about what this play sparked for you and continue the conversation in the comments….

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A film crew interviewing Will Power inside Darry'ls Kitchen and Bar in Boston.

“Malcolm was our manhood,” actor Ossie Davis said in Malcolm X’s eulogy, “and, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves.” When I was growing up in the Fillmore, a once-predominantly African American neighborhood in San Francisco, there was no larger presence than that of Malcolm X. This was the early 1970s, and Malcolm had been assas- sinated some nine years before. Still, his presence was everywhere in our community: in posters on the…

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