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An Afternoon With Langston and Martin 

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Danny Glover is best known for his film work (The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series), but audiences who saw him in Steppenwolf's A Lesson from Aloes know he's a powerful stage presence as well. In this touring production, targeted (though not exclusively) to student audiences in time for African American History Month, the San Francisco-based Glover teams up with another Bay Area performer, Felix Justice, to offer dramatic readings from the work of poet Langston Hughes and preacher Martin Luther King Jr. The link between Hughes's poetry, which Glover reads, and King's "Free at Last" speech, which Justice delivers, is the concern with dreams--dreams remembered, dreams deferred, dreams of peace in times of mounting violence, dreams whose evaporation signals a desperate situation that had better be addressed. A question-and-answer session with the actors follows the performance, which is sponsored by Aurora University's Office of Multicultural Affairs. (The show returns for engagements at the College of DuPage on February 6 and Harper College on February 10.) Paramount Arts Centre, 23 E. Galena, Aurora, 708-896-6666. Saturday, January 16, 1 PM. $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door.


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