Magazine article Black Masks

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CO-CHAIRS; Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal Warner

Magazine article Black Masks

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CO-CHAIRS; Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal Warner

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Larry Leon Hamlin, producer and artistic director of the 2003 National Black Theatre Festival, recently announced that Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner of the hit NBC television series, The Cosby Show, will co-chair the 2003 National Black Theatre Festival. The Festival will be held August 4th through 9th in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This will mark the 8th festival produced by Hamlin since he founded the Festival in 1989. Other chairs or co-chairs over the years have included Maya Angelou (1989); Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (1991); Sidney Poitier, Della Reese and Harry Belafonte (1993); Billy Dee Williams (1995); Debbie Allen (1997); Leslie Uggams (1999); and André De-Shields and Hattie Winston (2001).

Representing some of the best Black theatre companies in America and around the world, the Festival has presented nearly 200 productions totalling over 600 performances since 1989. Nearly 240,000 people have attended the Festival in that same time frame. The National Black Theatre Festival has contributed approximately $40million to the local economy of Winston-Salem. The city has received national and international visibility, that can be measured into the millions of dollars.

Theatre companies, artists, scholars and others attending the 2003 National Black Theatre Festival will be exhilarated by the permanent monument the City of Winston-Salem erected in honor of the National Black Theatre Festival and its producer, Larry Leon Hamlin. …

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