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Rhapsody in Black

Presented by Tennessee Performing Arts Center, TPAC at TPAC - Andrew Johnson Theater, Nashville TN

Sep 23 - 25 2022
Rhapsody in Black

Tickets on sale Friday, 7/22 @ 10AM.

Rhapsody in Black

Perspectives: TPAC Theatre Series

Written and performed by LeLand Gantt, directed by Estelle Parsons and developed at NYC’s Actors StudioRhapsody in Black is a powerful personal narrative on racism, identity, and self-image. In this one-man show, LeLand explores his personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Audiences follow his life story from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that land him in situations where he is virtually the only African American in the room. He recounts his efforts to cope with the psychological effects of consistently being marked “The Other” in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Multiple elements, including the incredible persona of its star, combine to give Rhapsody its super-powered emotional punch. Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand imbues every word from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. This is partly because he’s confronting heavy subjects, but mostly because he believes so firmly in his message that it’s impossible for it to emerge any other way. In his own words, “Objective truth strikes a chord.”

LeLand first unveiled Rhapsody in Black at the WorkShop Theater Company’s Sundays@Six reading series in March 2013. Subsequently, he developed it at The Actors Studio and, with Estelle Parsons as Directorial Consultant, Rhapsody garnered both Best Director and Best Storyteller Awards at the United Solo Festival in 2014. Leland’s regional credits include: Two Trains Running and Radio Golf (Syracuse Stage); Walter Mosley’s The Fall of Heaven, world premiere (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Gem of the Ocean (Arena Stage), Jitney (Pittsburgh Public Theater), and In Walks Ed (Longwharf Theater). Off-Broadway/Broadway: Slippery When Wet (La Mama), Another Man’s Poison (Peter Jay Sharpe Theater), OyamO’s Killa Dilla and Let Me Live (Drama Desk and Audelco Award nominee for Featured Actor), and the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (u/s Rock Dutton). Film and television credits include: Miracle at St. Anna, Requiem for a Dream, Malcolm X, Presumed Innocent, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, J.A.G., and HBO’s The Affair.

Source: TPAC

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Starting at $40/Ticket

Contact: (615) 782-4040

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Times are approximate and will be updated when tickets are on sale July 22 at 10AM.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


TPAC - Andrew Johnson Theater

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37219
(Neighborhood: Downtown)


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Additional COVID-19 protocols:

TPAC's current Patron Entry Policy highly recommends guests ages 2 years and older wear a mask in TPAC venues when not actively eating or drinking regardless of vaccination status.

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