On February 22, 2019, seventy 9th grade students from PHS were invited to a performance of "Rhapsody in Black" and a question and answer session afterward.
Rhapsody in Black is written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio with Estelle Parsons,Rhapsody in Blackis a one-man show thatexplores LeLand’s personal journey to understanding and eventually transcending racism in America. We follow his spellbinding life story—from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, Pennsylvania to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that land adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. How he manages to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked The Other is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions.
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