CLEVELAND, Ohio — Karamu House will kick off a new recorded theatrical series titled “Freedom After Juneteenth” — a show created in response to current issues faced by Black Americans like police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic.
The first episode airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, through Karamu House’s social media accounts and video platforms Vimeo, Fire TV and Roku. The premiere will explore themes around trauma in the African-American community and police brutality. A virtual panel discussion will take place afterward.
Tony F. Sias, the president and CEO of Karamu House, is also the director and executive producer of the episode. Latecia D. Wilson is the playwright.
The production will feature local actors Samantha Cocco, Ananias Dixon, Darelle Hill, Christina Johnson, Zach Palumbo and more.
“Like all performing arts organizations, Karamu continues to face the many obstacles of the coronavirus pandemic,” Sias said in a press release. “But as the country’s oldest African American producing theater, it is essential for Karamu House to be on the front lines of the critical issues that plague Black America, today. We are doing what we do best: rising to the occasion with our values of excellence and impact in hand.”
The series follows Karamu House’s earlier production “Freedom on Juneteenth,” which debuted on June 19. A few more episodes of “Freedom After Juneteenth” will air before the November presidential election, with two or three episodes releasing in September and October, according to a Karamu representative.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Karamu House has opted to pursue pre-recorded performances and online programming in 2020, in place of its regular in-person shows.
You can watch a preview for the first episode of “Freedom After Juneteenth” below.
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