2013.01.28 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Professor's Play About UNL Grad, Harlem Artist to Be Performed at Rose Theater
Omaha - In mid-February, the Rose Theater and Performing Arts Center will premiere “The Journey,” an original work produced by an associate professor of black studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
Written by Peggy Jones, “The Journey” will make its debut Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. and will be performed twice Sunday, Feb. 17 - at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Jones’ play tells the story of Aaron Douglas, who became the first black graduate from the art department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1922. It will be performed by “Young, Gifted, and Black,” an ensemble of multicultural youth that use the work of great African-American playwrights to explore social issues.
According to the UNL website, Douglas’ work during college “became the foundation for a career as one of America's foremost 20th-century visual artists.” Douglas is well known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, including illustrations for “The Crisis,” “Opportunity” and “The New Negro.”
Jones is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Courtesy of UNL
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