RAISIN' CANE: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Starring Jasmine Guy
Inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel "Cane" and works by the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance
Friday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
$100 VIP Ticket includes post-show reception, Golden Circle seating and meet-and-greet with Jasmine Guy.
Written and conceived by Harry Clark. Original score by Avery Sharpe. Music Performed by the Avery Sharpe Trio.
In the American Black community, during the years leading up to the Harlem Renaissance, there was a sense of building artistic expression. Outlets and avenues for its poets, musicians, novelists, artists, and actors were few. But in 1918, as the first great World War concluded and thousands of African-American soldiers returned home victorious, this mountain of artistic expression was now ready to explode.
The words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and many others, became the voice of a new generation of African-Americans- looking forward but still struggling with the past and present. These thoughts, songs, and images are woven into a panoramic experience that spans this extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor. Raisin’ Cane is a window on this critical point in our history.
Jasmine Guy has a
regular presence on film, television, and stage. She was the star of the Bill
Cosby spin-off A Different World for which she won six consecutive NAACP
Image Awards. Recent television work includes The Vampire Diaries, Melrose
Place, NYPD Blue, and Dead Like Me. A former dancer with the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theater, she has also appeared in a range of Broadway and
national productions including Chicago, Grease, and The Wiz. On
film, she starred in Spike Lee’s School Daze, as well as in Harlem
Nights, and Stompin at the Savoy. Her collaborations over the years,
from Bill Cosby to Spike Lee to Kenny Leon to the Atlanta Ballet, show her to
be a multi-faceted star. Ms. Guy is not only recognized as an accomplished
actress, singer, and comedienne, but also as a director, writer, and speaker.
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