Attend the American Theatre Festival's performance of Jeff Stetson's "The Meeting."
1) Before attending the performance, visit one or both of the following sites concerning The American Theatre Festival. There, you will find the performance dates, the location of the performance and information about the play.
2) Before attending the performance, read the following information about the historical context of the play:
By the mid-1960s the nation was in the throes of a violent struggle to end the brutal reality of segregation in the South and other parts of the nation. Below are a few of the historical highlights that led up to the world of our play, "The Meeting."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met only once and then it was briefly at a public gathering. Yet, they represented the two most powerful personalities in the Civil Rights struggles of the sixties. The Meeting, written by Jeff Stetson, imagines a meeting in a Harlem, New York hotel. There, the two men face off against each other’s dramatic differences in how minorities in the nation should push for equality.
3) Attend the performance.
The performance is free for SCC students.
Running time: approximately 1 hour
4) Write a 2-page, double-spaced response to the play. Please do the following in your response:
A. Briefly summarize the plot, characters and setting of the play, in one paragraph.
B. Pick 2-3 of the following questions, and spend the rest of your paper answering them. Use and cite an outside source, if it will help you with your response.
1. How did each man view their lives and values?
2. Differentiate the political philosophies of each man as they pushed the nation to change its attitudes and laws.
3. Did both men accept whatever fate awaited them?
4. After viewing the play, do you feel there could have been any common ground between the philosophies of Dr. King and Malcolm X?
5. Did the play reflect the human side, the personal life, of the two?
Written by: Heather Rodgers