The ads for the new play by Dan Snow and Alexa Kelly include a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "History cannot ignore W.E.B. DuBois." In his honor, and in honor of the current Black History Month, Heartbeat Productions present W.E.B. DuBois, Prophet in Limbo at the Metro Baptist Church Feb. 22-March 31 in Manhattan. The official opening is Feb. 23, the anniversary of DuBois' birth.
A scholar, sociologist and activist rolled into one, William Edward Burghardt DuBois was a man of many talents. In Prophet in Limbo we journey through his life, from earning his Ph.D. from Harvard to aiding in the foundation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The co-playwrights take on double duty as Kelly directs the production and Snow stars as W.E.B. DuBois. Brian Richardson is also featured in the cast. Designers for the show include Ruben Arana-Downs (sets), Herrick Goldman (lights) and Terry Leong (costumes).
For tickets to Prophet in Limbo, at the Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th St. (at 9th Ave.), call (212) 695-1596.
— by Ernio Hernandez