"POWER!" STOKELY CARMICHAEL

ABOUT THE PLAY!

Prompted by the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin
and inspired by his time working as a corrections
officer at a Florida maximum security prison,
Meshaun Labrone wrote “POWER!” Stokely
Carmichael. The play takes an absurdist journey
into the mind of revolutionary Stokely Carmichael.
On June 23, 1966, an unknown protégé of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. named Stokely Carmichael
prepared to engage in a standoff with state police
during the March Against Fear in the city of Canton,
Mississippi. While prepping the new marchers
that arrived late Carmichael warns them that, “If
you are out here for an exciting time, you need
to go to the movies. People die out here.” Those
marchers during this production are the audience
members.
In this blistering one-man show, you will be
transported back to the summer of 1966 and
encounter multiple characters that Stokely
Carmichael encountered during the days of the
Civil Rights Movement. The production is tense,
funny, heartbreaking, informative, engaging and
non-stop entertaining. Witness the resurrection
of the leading voice of the Black Power
Movement, Stokely Carmichael, in this most
timely production.
About the Director
After watching Jennifer Knight’s performance in Kwaidan (Spooky Action Theater, Spring 2014),
Mr. Labrone thought that she would be the ideal director to bring this show to life. He was
immediately taken with Ms. Knight’s ability to connect with the audience while handling a
daring, non-traditional script. “POWER!” Stokely Carmichael is Ms. Knight’s directorial debut.

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