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Motlow to present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" for Black History Month

Jan. 29, 2015

Motlow College will present the program "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" to celebrate Black History Month. The public is invited to the single, hour-long performance on Monday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 a.m. in Powers Auditorium inside Eoff Hall on the Moore County Campus.

"Of Ebony Embers" is a chamber music theatre work featuring an actor and a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

The program celebrates the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City and examines the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets. During the performance, the audience will see Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.

The musical trio consists of a group known as The Core Ensemble. Actor Jamyl Dobson will perform the roles of Douglas, Hughes, Cullen and McKay.

The musical score includes works by jazz legends Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Nilly Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

The script was written by Akin Babatunde and the show is directed by Babatunde as well.

The Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

The ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugen McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation of the Arts, Palm Beach County Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

Dobson has performed in various film, television and theater productions and has been lauded for his work in award-winning off-Broadway shows "Ain't Supposed to..." and "The Seven". His training includes a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Temple University and a master's degree in fine arts in acting from the University of Iowa.