Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Down From The Mountaintop: One-Man Play Portrays Life Of African-American Novelist, Activist James Baldwin, February 6

Chestertown, MD, January 17, 2005 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Committee and Office of Diversity Affairs are pleased to present a performance of James Baldwin: Down From the Mountaintop, Sunday, February 6, at 4 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. This solo play is written, produced and performed by Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels and depicts the rich and impassioned life of acclaimed African-American novelist, playwright, essayist, and civil rights activist James Baldwin (1929-1987). Baldwin's childhood in Harlem, his early experiences in the ministry, his publishing career, friendships and rivalries with contemporaries Marlon Brando, Lorraine Hansberry, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Langston Hughes, and his association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are among the topics addressed in this play.

Calvin Levels has performed Down From the Mountaintop at The Actors Studio Sunset Millennium Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, and The Village Theatre at Leimert Park, CA, and on a number of college campuses, including Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and University of Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in a one-act performance of Open Admissions at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, David Mamet's The Shawl at Lincoln Center Theatre, and the full length Open Admissions at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which he received The Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent. He also has received nominations for The Tony Award, New York Drama Desk Award and New York Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor in a Play.” Mr. Levels' credits also include numerous films and television productions.

For more information about the James Baldwin play, please contact Nina Wilson in the Office of Diversity Affairs at 410-810-7457.

For information about upcoming events at Washington College, visit the College's online calendar at http://calendar.washcoll.edu.

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