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The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, producers of the National Black Theatre Festival®,
recognizes the impact theatre has on provoking change and prompting important conversations.
NCBRC’s “Conversations on Manhood” initiative poses the question
“What Must We Do to Save Young African American Men?”

Join Us and Share in

The Play.  The Conversation.  Your Personal Story.

The Play

The Legend of Buster Neal

is the signature event of “Conversations on Manhood.” Written by Jackie Alexander, the play tells the story of four generations of African American men and questions the true definition of manhood.  This powerful drama examines temptations faced by young men today, fatherhood, the complex dynamics of male relationships, and the rich history of African Americans in the United States. Bring your family, a youth group, or someone you mentor, and join us for a performance that is sure to spark conversation.

(Learn more about the play…)

Charlotte, NC
October 13 – 14, 2017

Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 S. Tryon Street

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Winston-Salem, NC
October 19 – 29, 2017

Arts Council Theatre
610 Coliseum Drive

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Nathan Purdee has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Showtime, Netflix and PBS. He first rose to prominence as mobster-turned-private investigator Nathan Hastings on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, a role he portrayed from 1985 to 1992.  He was one of only two of the show’s black cast members  and paved the way for more African American actors. From 1992 to 2003, he played District Attorney Hank Gannon on the ABC soap opera One Live to Live. Purdee also portrayed Youngblood “Superfly” Priest in “The Return of Superfly,” in the classic “Superfly” trilogy.  Purdee has completed five feature films and continues to work in film, television and theatre.

The Conversation

Talk Back Panel Discussions
October 22nd  |   October 29th

NCBRC will host a Conversations on Manhood TalkBack immediately following the 3:00 pm performances in Winston-Salem on  October 22nd and October 29th.  Panelists will discuss issues facing young African American men.  They will also answer audience questions.  

Confirmed Panelists (please check back shortly for photos and bios):

October 22, 2017

  • Dr. Trae T. Cotton, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Winston Salem State University
  • Shawan Gabriel, President/CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Councilman Derwin Montgomery, City of Winston Salem
  • Ben Piggott, Senior Center Supervisor, Carl H. Russell Community Center
  • A youth representative (to be named)

October 29, 2018

  • Rep. Edward Hanes, Jr.,  NC House of Representatives
  • Youth Leaders (to be named)

Your Personal Legend Story

Share your story of a personal legend.

Tell us about advice you received from a father, grandfather, uncle, or other significant male figure in your life. Selected stories will be shared with youth in the community. 

Submit Your Personal Legend Story

Special Feature

Art Exhibit and Auction:
Black Thunder:  Black Contribution, Activism, and Impact in American History

Featured Artists: Janie McGee and Charles Dillard

Paintings from artists Janie McGee and Charles Dillard will be on display and auctioned to the highest bidders.  A portion of the proceeds of items auctioned will go to a local community charity.

For More Information

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