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Summit Artspace stages 'The Emperor Jones'

Published: February 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Summit Artspace will stage Eugene O'Neill's play "The Emperor Jones" this February in celebration of Black History Month.

The play will be presented Feb. 8 and 15, and Feb. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 pm on the second floor event space of Summit Arts Space at 140 E. Market St. in downtown Akron. Parking is available and the building is accessible.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students and are available the night of the show at the box office at the Summit Arts Space. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Summit Artspace by phone or email. For more information, call (330) 376-8480 or visit www.akronareaarts.org and www.treviel.wordpress.com or email skreisman@akronareaarts.org. This production contains adult content and is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

"The Emperor Jones" made history by being the first play to place Charles Gilpin, a black actor onstage on Broadway in the 1920's and had a successful run of more than 200 shows. It is the tale of Brutus Jones, an African American who kills a man and is imprisoned, then escapes to a Caribbean island where he assumes the role of Emperor. The play is a heady mix of realism and expressionism and recounts his journey to the throne as he flees from his rebellious subjects.

The group of performers is a competent mix of University of Akron alumni and existing students who wanted to present challenging theatre to the public. The play is directed by Lois Elswick, a graduate student at the University of Akron and stars Treviel Cody as the Emperor as well as Keith Scott as Smithers. Other cast members include: Navarre Medlock, Emmanual Anim Koranteng and Thurayya UmbayeMake.

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