McCoy Theatre Partners in Richard Wright Commemoration

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Publication Date: 9/3/2008


Rhodes’ McCoy Theatre has joined with Hattiloo Theatre in presenting a performance for the 100th birthday commemoration of one of America’s most celebrated writers--Richard Wright. Born near Natchez, MS on September 4, 1908, Wright moved to Memphis with his family as a young child.

The life and accomplishments of the author will be celebrated September 4, 5, and 6 at the National Civil Rights Museum. The performance by actor Phil Darius Wallace begins each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Call 901-502-3486.

Wallace’s performance is “Wright′s Right to Write,” a 70-minute, one-act dramatic narrative of Wright’s birth and childhood, his movement North and his journey to becoming a prolific writer.

The commemoration also includes a lecture and an exhibition of 20 original paintings, each representing a theme in Wright′s works. First Tennessee Foundation has made it possible for Hattiloo Theatre to partner with Rhodes, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Joysmith Gallery in presenting the events.