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“JD Lawrence sings, dances and steals the show…Onstage, Lawrence is a prodigious theatrical talent.”
-Marcelle S. Fischler, New York Times
“JD Lawrence, the man of many faces.”
-Shirley Henderson, Ebony Magazine
New York Times Acclaimed playwright JD Lawrence brings to Southampton Arts Center a show that is not only educational, but entertaining. JD Lawrence’s Harriet, Rosa, and Me is a thought provoking, inspiring, and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by Lawrence, who is also this year’s 2017 NAACP Legacy Award-recipient.
JD Lawrence presents Harriet, Rosa, and Me is a show for everyone, in the soul stirring spirit of Hidden Figures and Fences. The show takes place at a local city bus stop where a young lady named Hope decides to skip school to avoid a Black History exam she refused to study for. As she lets several buses pass without getting on them, she notices another young lady, Rosa, who is not getting on the bus as well, however for an entirely different reason. As the two make small talk, Rosa informs Hope who she is as well as the importance of Black History and why Hope should get on the bus. However, when Hope reluctantly rejects Rosa’s candid advice, Hope decides to take the subway that’s just feet away from the bus stop. As she leaves the bus depot, she comes face to face with Harriet, and is once again reminded of the importance of Black History, but this time the gloves are off as no-holds barred Harriet gives Hope a dose of reality. Will Hope get on the bus or will she let a life lesson pass her by? Get ready to be edu-tained in this historical and poignant presentation.
JD Lawrence, dubbed “The Man of Many Faces” by Ebony Magazine, has undeniably created a formula for success that no one at this present time can duplicate with as much ease or uncanny ability. Critics have called him everything from the best kept secret in theatre to undoubtedly the future of urban theatre, all of which prove true in JD Lawrence’s Harriet, Rosa, and Me.
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JD Lawrence is an American singer-songwriter, playwright, actor, comedian, author, director, and producer of films, television and stage plays. JD Lawrence, also known as “The King of Dramedy,” has mastered the art of improvisation infused with drama, comedy, and music. The multi-hyphenate portrays as many as seven characters in his sitcom JD Lawrence’s Community Service.
Curated by Amy Kirwin Presented with Oceana, Peconic Land Trust and South Fork Natural History Museum Exhibition Advisor: James Salomon This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Tom Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft. Cover Art: by Kara Hoblin.
As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times