Tickets & Events

Langston Hughes’ Jesse B. Simple Alive In Harlem

Presented by The Langston Hughes Cultural Enrichment Movement In Collaboration with Marc Anthony Peters

Anthony Thompson gives voice to Jesse B. Simple—the everyman of Langston Hughes’ work. This theatrical performance weaves blues, jazz, spirituals, Langston Hughes’ “Simple Tales” and poetic verse to create a startling glimpse of the African American’s experience with Jim Crow, lynching and the great migration to Harlem. Jesse B. Simple Alive in Harlem depicts the survival of an oppressed people and celebrates the life of those who have lived and enjoyed life despite the bitterness of their circumstances. The performance further celebrates ancestry, legacy, and salvation with hope for the future.

There will be three performances, Sunday, August 16, Thursday August 20, and Friday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m., with special preshow events Sunday and Thursday.

All events take place at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave. Map.

Event Details
  • Sunday, August 16, 2015
    6p Dedication, 8p Performance
    Featuring a dedication to Dr. Melvin Lyrics Steals & Mervin Steals, who wrote the Spinners hit song Could It Be I Am Falling In Love.
  • Thursday, August 20, 2015
    6p Meet & Greet/Artist Talk, 8p Performance
    Meet & Greet/Artist Talk: “Preserving African and American Culture”, facilitated by educator and African drummer Dr. Anthony B. Mitchell.
  • Friday, August 21, 2015
    8p Performance
    Warning Court Union Night.