A Blast From The Past


    Kennie Playhouse Theater presents the stage play - "The Meeting: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.", by Jeff Stetson.  Starring Kenny Dozier, and Michael “Diallo” McLendon, and Willie Robbins .  We are pleased to announce legendary/ Iconic  Chuck Smith as the DIRECTOR of “The Meeting” for the Festival.  Chuck is a resident Director for the world famous Goodman Theatre/ Chicago’s award winning regional theater. The is stage manager is Tia Smedley Mitchell. This show is part of the annual Shades of Black Theater Festival in Nashville,TN   Shows are: Tuesday, 9/16 at 7 pm, Sat-9/20 at 7:30 pm and Sun-2/21 at 3 pm at The Dark Horse Theater 4610 Charlotte Ave.Nashville, TN 37209. All tickets only $10.00. Get your's early TICKETS SOLD OUT on our previous show! Tickets may be reserved in advance or purchased at the door or    Details call (615) 730-0581  or www.kennieplayhousetheatre.com   About "The Meeting": Fascinating and dramatically compelling, this eloquent play depicts the supposed Meeting of two of the most important men of modern times: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their Philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave Social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets would await them. The story takes place in a suite high up in a Harlem Hotel room where Malcolm X and his bodyguard Rashad are resting before Malcolm X’s fateful speech at the Audubon Ballroom. Malcolm X has requested a secret meeting with Dr. King who is also in New York. Cautious at first, the two quickly fall into a spirited debate about their different approaches to improving the lot of the Black Man in a predominantly White society. Dr. King (the lamb) hoping to find racial harmony through Love and Peaceful Resistance while Malcolm X (the lion) is reconciled to violence and revenge if Blacks are to win out over oppression. The Meeting received a Louis B. Mayer Award, eight NAACP Theater Awards, and six New York AUDELCO nominations.   Come Join us as we seek to make theater an important part of the lives of people. akennieplay@gmail.com, Twitter – kennydactor, Instagram – kennydactor  www.kennieplayhousetheatre.com   Guest Director Chuck Smith (Director) Goodman Theatre’s Resident Director and a associate producer of Legacy Productions, a Chicago-based touring company, recently  received the 2012 Goodman Theatre's August Wilson Award and the 2011 Lloyd Richards Directing Award for his production of Knock Me a Kiss at the National Black Theater Festival (nominated for 13 Audelco awards, including Director of a Dramatic production and Dramatic Production of the Year). Smith’s Goodman credits include the Chicago premieres of Pullman Porter Blues, By the way Meet Vera Stark, Race, The Good Negro, Proof and The Story; the world premieres of By the Music of the Spheres and The Gift Horse; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which transferred to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company where it won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Direction; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun; Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; the 1993 to 1995 productions of A Christmas Carol; Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Vivisections from a Blown Mind; and The Meeting. He served as dramaturg for the world-premiere production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Goodman. He directed  the New York premiere of Knock Me a Kiss and The Hooch for the New Federal Theatre and the world premiere of Knock Me a Kiss at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, where his other directing credits include Master Harold…and the Boys, Home, Dame Lorraine with the late Esther Rolle and Eden, for which he received a Jeff Award nomination for best direction. Regionally, Smith directed Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Birdie Blue at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Story at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Blues for an Alabama Sky at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The Last Season for The Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles. At Columbia College he was facilitator of the Theodore Ward Prize play writing contest for 20 years and editor of the contest anthologies Seven Black Plays and Best Black Plays. He won a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence, and was theatrical director for the Emmy Award-winning Fast Break to Glory and the Emmy Award-nominated The Martin Luther King Suite. He was a founding member of the Chicago Theatre Company, where he served as artistic director for four seasons and directed the Jeff Award-nominated Suspenders and the Jeff Award-winning musical Po’. His directing credits include productions at ETA; Black Ensemble Theater; Northlight Theatre; MPAACT (Resident Director); Congo Square Theatre Company; The New Regal Theater; Kuumba Theatre Company; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; Pegasus Players; the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois; the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, Arizona; Mr. Smith is a 2003 inductee into the Chicago State University Gently Brooks Center’s Literary Hall of Fame and  the 2012 Timber Lake Playhouse Hall of Fame, a 2001 Chicago Tribune Chicagoan of the Year. He is the proud recipient of the 1982 Paul Robeson Award and the 1997 Award of Merit presented by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago. He is currently a board member of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago.