Civil rights play set for Sunday at Kadena theater
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — A critically acclaimed play about the civil rights movement in the United States will open for a one-night only performance Sunday at the Keystone Theater.
“The Meeting,” winner of six NAACP Theater Awards and other honors, is a “powerful drama about the lives, philosophies and times of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and their opposing approaches to reaching a shared goal of equality,” said Mary Hibbs, communications specialist for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific.
The play is presented by the Pin Points Theatre Group of Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by DODDS-Pacific and the Department of Defense Education Activity in celebration of Black History Month.
Other sponsors are the Okinawa Branch 1149 of the NAACP, the African American Cultural Association, the 10th Area Support Group, and the Kadena Air Base Black History Month Committee.
“‘The Meeting’ answers the question ‘What would have happened if Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met before they were assassinated, just three years apart,’” Hibbs said in a press release. “It is an emotional, humorous, and tension-filled confrontation that gives surprising information about the men and their times.”
Since 1980 Pin Points Theatre has integrated academic subjects into theatrical formats, she said.
“The play has been produced throughout Asia, Europe and the United States and provides an opportunity to educate and entertain children and adults through the arts,” she said.
The play will be shown at 7 p.m. at Keystone Theater, located near the commissary on Kadena Air Base. Admission is free and the doors open at 6 p.m.