Moved by the state of race relations in America since President Barack Obama’s election, playwright Dr. Robert Miller will showcase his latest theatrical production, “Hello America, My Name is Jimmy Baldwin,” at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Harold Prince Theatre at the University of Pennsylvania located at 3680 Walnut St. on Sept. 9th at 8 PM and the 10th at 3 PM.
Miller selects author James Baldwin as the prophet to return for all the right reasons: he’s black, he has an unimposing physique, he’s not very handsome, he’s gay, extremely bright, articulate, loved all races and faiths, and was a prolific writer on the social health of his beloved country.
He chooses to transport Baldwin’s reincarnation through the physical portals of a white male and a black female.
“Hello America, My Name is Jimmy Baldwin” is not an indictment on white America but more so a requiem for the discussion. Nobody loved this country more than James Baldwin. But with strong love comes strong criticism that should be encouraged to insure our country stays on course to reach its highest potential.
The production is part of Philly Fringe, Live Arts Festival. For ticket information call Live Arts Box Office, (215) 413-1318 or 1281.1 Production Company at (856) 964-3513 or email [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased at www.1828pointone.com.
Local community bookstore Giovanni’s Room, an homage to one of Baldwin’s most influential novels located at 345 S. 12th St. (215) 923-2960, is selling individual tickets for this event. Individual tickets may also be purchased at Cafe Mocha located at 263 S. 10th St (215) 592-4303.
About The Author
Robert H. Miller holds a Master’s degree in African American Literature and a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has also completed a Fellowship at the DuBois Institute of African American Research at Harvard University. He currently teaches at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and created courses for both Temple and Rowan on race, religion, and politics. He has written and directed plays for the 18th St. Theatre, Off Off Broadway in Manhattan, New York, Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia. He has written an award winning children’s book series for Simon and Schuster, Stories from the Forgotten West, a children’s picture book series and Reflections of a Black Cowboy, which won the American Book Sellers, Pick of the Lists. Miller has written for film and television and has multiple projects on the shelf waiting to be produced and marketed.
About the Production Company
1828.1 Production Company’s mission is to provide a cultural alternative to the mundane theatrical expression in film, theatre and television. The company insists on cultural diversity and non- gender bias in all productions with a strong emphasis on story and entertainment. For more information about the 1828.1 Production Company visit online www.1828pointone.com.