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Langston Hughes: A Dramatic Portrayal by Actor and Writer David Mills

What better way to celebrate Black History Month and Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes–affectionately known as Shakespeare in Harlem–than a one-hour-and-twenty- minute, one-person-dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories at the Black Rock Branch Library.

The show is no mere recitation of Hughes’ work. Actor and writer David Mills’ performance takes the audience on an odyssey spanning five decades—from the 1920s-through the 1960s– of Hughes’ writings, where Mr. Mills portrays Hughes’ notable characters, such as Madam Alberta K. Johnson and Jessie B. Simple. Mr. Mills enacts excerpts of Hughes’ iconic, poetry collection “Montage of A Dream Deferred,” too.

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Ryan Odinak