Actor-playwright Roger Guenveur Smith will perform his celebrated one man show, A Huey P. Newton Story, for two nights only, Nov. 5 and 6, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater (formerly the Majestic Theater). The piece will be produced by 651 Arts, a Brooklyn based arts presenter.
In the play, Smith impersonates controversial Black Panthers leader Newton in all his contradictions and manic energy. The performance, which played for several weeks at Off-Broadway's Public Theater in 1997, has won Smith an Obie Award, a Helen Hayes Award, a Drama Desk nomination and three NAACP Awards.
As in previous incarnations, Marc Anthony Thompson is the work's composer.
Smith has acted in the Spike Lee films "Do the Right Thing," "Get on the Bus" and "Summer of Sam." Other movie credits include "Deep Cover," "Eve's Bayou" and "Poetic Justice." For information, call (718) 636-4100. The BAM Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton St. in Brooklyn.
-- By Robert Simonson