Newton Star Roger Guenveur Smith Workshops New Piece at P.S. 122, Feb. 26-March 7

News   Newton Star Roger Guenveur Smith Workshops New Piece at P.S. 122, Feb. 26-March 7 Roger Guenveur Smith, the creator and star of A Huey P. Newton Story, which electrified American audiences off and on throughout the late '90s, will present a new work-in-progress at P.S. 122 Feb. 26-March 7.

Titled Iceland, the play—which reunites Smith with Newton sound designer Marc Anthony Thompson— "takes us volcano-hopping, from the tropics to the Arctic and back home to Brooklyn to confront man-made disasters." Iceland is further described as  a "meditation on exile, the cataclysmic terror of nature, and the no-less-catastrophic terror of man." A Huey P. Newton Story starred Smith as the mercurial and controversial former leader of the Black Panthers. Putting on Newton's odd falsetto voice and quirky speech patterns, Smith related Newton's law skirting adventures and singular viewpoint while working his way through a pack of Kool cigarettes. Critics hailed the work as kinetic and thrilling. Both Smith and Thompson won Obie Awards.

Iceland is presented in association with the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are $20. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue at 9th St.For reservations or more information, call (212) 477-5288.

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