CLEAR LAKE, TX -- Though now widely known as a movie star in such films as The Color Purple, Silverado, Places in the Heart, and the Lethal Weapon series, Danny Glover first came to national attention on the stage in the early 1980's as Willie in the original production of Athol Fugard's Master Harold . . . and the Boys. Glover returns to his theatrical roots Saturday, February 28, at the University of Houston-Clear Lake as part of An Evening with Langston and Martin, a reading combining the poetry and prose of Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance writer who, in his day, was often referred to as the poet laureate of the Negro people, and two speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, including "Free at Last." The one-night-only performance commemorates Black History Month.
Glover recites Hughes. Actor/writer Felix Justice orates King. The two readings are meant to speak to each other about injustice, love, and all sorts of dreams. Afterwards, in this presentation of enlightenment as entertainment, the two engage in a Q&A with the audience.
Glover and Justice first met in San Francisco as struggling young performers. A Bay area theater professional, Justice has traveled nationwide with a one-man show about King, Prophesy in America, since 1981. Glover and Justice have been touring Evening with Langston and Martin off-and-on for a number of years, typically in higher educational settings.
An Evening with Langston and Martin plays one-night-only at University of Houston-Clear Lake. For tickets, $8-$12, call (281) 283-2560
-- By Peter Szatmary