Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, the American premiere of Kwei-Armah's work will play the Pearlstone Theater through March 7. Brooks is joined onstage by Pascale Armand and Gretchen Hall. Let There Be Love, according to press notes, is described as such: "Alfred is sure that his country is getting taken from him. The embittered old West Indian, himself an immigrant to Britain, watches jealously while new waves of migration wash ashore. Whether fighting with his proudly feminist daughter, raging against the inexorable tide of social change, or combating his own failing health, his life is one long battle. Until, that is, a young Polish woman arrives at his London flat, and old beliefs and fresh resentments all get challenged."
In addition to his television work, Avery Brooks was seen on Broadway in Paul Robeson, as King Lear at Yale Rep, and as Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, where he also played the title role in Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine. An Oberlin graduate, Brooks has returned to campus several times: as the college's first Artist-in-Residence, as a teacher of the Black Arts Workshop, and in performances of Paul Robeson. In 1996, Brooks was awarded an honorary doctorate.
Kwame Kwei-Armah is also the playwright of Elmina's Kitchen, Walter's War and Seize the Day.
For tickets, priced $10-$60, visit www.centerstage.org or call (410) 332-0033.