Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and Moonlight and Jitney star André Holland will perform a dramatic reading of Toni Morrison’s new book, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, at New York City's 92Y May 23. The actors (who are also both directors) will read selections curated by Morrison scholar and Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin.
The dramatic reading will take place in the Kaufmann Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Click here for tickets.
Morrison (Beloved, Song of Solomon) is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the American Book Award, among other accolades. In The Source of Self-Regard, the celebrated author takes on a wide range of topics, including the complex history of race relations in the United States, feminism and social politics, and migration and our understanding of borders.
Morrison also offers appraisals of renowned writers and artists, such as James Baldwin, William Faulkner, and Romare Bearden, as well as her own work.
“Toni Morrison’s words ring with clarity, wisdom, compassion, and beauty,” says Rashad. “It is an honor to speak them aloud.”
Rashad, who is a Tony winner for A Raisin in the Sun and Tony nominee for Gem of the Ocean, will return to Broadway in spring 2020 to direct Charles Randolph-Wright's play Blue, with music by Nona Hendryx. Holland, whose New York theatre credits include Wig Out!, The Brother/Sister Plays, and The Whipping Man, was recently seen in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production of Othello, in which he played the title role. Last spring, he directed Dutch Masters Off-Broadway.