Warwick, RI – On Jan. 28, Ocean State Theatre begins performances of Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting,” the story of a fictional conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
The men debate their conflicting philosophies about the road to equality. Both understand they may have to give their life for their beliefs, but neither is aware of how soon assassins’ bullets will find them.
The production begins only days ahead of Black History Month and 10 days after Martin Luther King Day.
“The conversation that takes place within the confines of this play is more relevant than ever,” said Ocean State Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner. “The hope for peace and civil justice are still at the forefront of peoples’ consciousness, just as it was over 50 years ago. The goals are still the same. It’s the approach which creates the issues – non-violence, of which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate or doing ‘anything necessary,’ as was the belief of Malcolm X.”
“The Meeting” will be presented from Jan. 28 – Feb. 15. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 29 at 2 and 7:30 pm.
All other performances will be held Wednesday (except Feb. 4), Thursday (except February 12), Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except February 12), Saturdays at 2:00 pm (except Jan. 31) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Several student matinees, supported in part by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, have been scheduled throughout the run. Interested educators should call (401) 921-1777 x112 for availability.
Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI’s Mike Maino, will follow the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb 1.
Previews – $30
All other performances – $34/$44/$49
Rush (as available, one hour prior to curtain) – $25
Group Discounts Available (401) 921-1777 x112