“Martin and Me,” a multimedia theatrical celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest men in American history, will take place Sunday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Tamarack Theatre at Indiana University Northwest.
The hour-long, free performance includes music, poetry, video and dramatic interpretation to recall the life, death and legacy of the man often called a “drum major” for peace. Written and directed by nationally known playwright James H. Chapmyn, the performance seeks to put flesh on King’s memory. A powerful video opens the play and sets the tone for the fundamental message of the play: Martin is not a day, or a building, or a street.
On his Web site (www.chapmyn.com) Chapmyn says Martin is dying, becoming stone, unattainable to the next generation of leaders. “This play is not a history lesson, it is a theatrical celebration of the greatest men in American history. The further Martin is removed from his humanity the least likely we are to see him as a role model,” Chapman writes.
Following the performance, Chapmyn will answer questions and lead the audience in a discussion he hopes will challenge them to introspection, reflection and action.
“I encourage everyone to come out to be entertained as well as enlightened. As we are all on high alert with the happenings of our country, we need to remember the simple but very pertinent message of Dr. King; the message of freedom and equality for all,” said Tameka Chihota, special events coordinator for IU Northwest.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning Diversity Programming Group. For more information, please contact (219) 981-5609.