A Play about Comic Genius Dick Gregory
Turn Me Loose
September 6 – October 21
John Gould Rubin
The Kreeger Theater
Turn Me Loose runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Please be advised this production contains strong language and haze.
“Brilliant. Takes your breath away.”
In association with John Legend, Get Lifted Film Company, Mike Jackson, The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, Beth Hubbard, The Private Theatre, Eric Falkenstein, SimonSays Entertainment, Jamie Cesa and Jana Babatunde-Bey.
Turn Me Loose is generously sponsored by Beth Newburger Schwartz and Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones.
This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. “Scorchingly funny and brilliant” (The New York Times), Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory’s life as a civil rights activist, comic genius and unapologetic provocateur.
EDWIN LEE GIBSON
JOHN GOULD RUBIN
KIM JAMES BEY
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Edwin Lee Gibson talks portraying Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose
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Sunday, September 16, 2018: No deplorables here; how to understand each other
A dialogue of Trump supporters and opponents.
Sunday, October 14, 2018: Exploring well-being in a digital world
In the digital age, does constant technology connection undermine our well-being? How can we use technology to improve our overall health? Can we prevent cyberbullying and online hate speech?
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12 p.m. with guest panelists and Dick Gregory's children Yohance Maqubela and Ayanna Gregory.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. with guest panelist, attorney and Dick Gregory's close friend Dr. E. Faye Williams.