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Tri-Cities High to stage story of Malcolm X
by Noreen Cochran
November 13, 2013 12:50 PM | 1260 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tri-Cities High School visual and performing arts magnet program drama department presents Norbert R. Davidson’s 1969 drama “El Hajj Malik,” subtitled “The Dramatic Life And Death of Malcolm X.”

Directed by nationally recognized guest director Thomas W. Jones II, the play combines music, dance and dialogue as it follows Malcolm X’s unlikely rise from criminal to leader of the nation of Islam.

The play features an ensemble cast of actors, each taking a turn as Malcolm X as the others become players in the story of his tumultuous life.

Taking its title from his Muslim name, the play tells an account of the leader’s transformation from petty criminal to an international leader advocating for social justice and an end to racial inequality.

According to the Playwrights Database, the drama grew out of group improvisations in the master of fine arts program at Stanford (Calif.) University, where Davidson earned his graduate degree.

Malcolm X often advocated for separatism and violence in the struggle for equal rights, and Davidson digs into the activist’s polarizing approach.

The play has been performed around the world, including a successful run off-Broadway at New York’s Martinique Theatre during the 1971 Christmas season.

The subject matter may not suitable for children 12 and under, therefore parental discretion is advised.

Children under the age of 6, including lap children and infants, are strictly prohibited.

The Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Tri-Cities High School offers classes and experiences not offered in traditional high schools.

The program promotes learning and provides experiences to motivate students to excel in the academics as well as the arts.

It is the goal of the Visual and Performing Arts Program to assist students in developing to their fullest potential.

The instructional program at Tri-Cities High School provides a comprehensive high school education with full preparation for college admission.

Honors and advanced placement classes, independent study, and experimental opportunities stimulate academic and artistic growth.

Problem-solving and creative growth are encouraged throughout the curriculum as well as in studios, workshops, master classes and collaborative cross-disciplinary student projects.

Business skills related to management of professional work in the arts are also incorporated into the curriculum.

Challenge is sustained in the learning process through individualizing the curriculum.

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