West Windsor, N.J. – The show was simply dazzling! So reports Jody Person, coordinator of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Theatre Program. Originally performed earlier in February at the Trenton campus, "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" comes to MCCC's Studio Theatre on the West Windsor campus for an encore performance on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located next to Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Observes Person, "The show was so amazing, the actors so strong, and the direction so sharp that we felt we needed to bring the production to the West Windsor campus. This will be people's last chance to see a truly unique piece of theater."
The play is based on the writings of Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, author of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which debuted on Broadway in 1959 and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. Hansberry was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her promising career was cut short when she died from cancer in 1965 at the age of 34.
Adapted after her death by Robert Nemiroff, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” features passages from Hansberry’s plays, interviews, diary entries, letters, and other observations. As described in the book’s foreword, it is "the portrait of an individual, the workbook of an artist, and the chronicle of a rebel who celebrated the human spirit." In turns angry, loving, bitter, amusing, and defiantly proud, the story, voice, and message are all Hansberry's own, coming together in a major work about the black experience in mid-20th century America.
The production will be performed in the round, guaranteeing a good seat for all.