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THE HAPPY HOUR by Charles Rice-González
This reading of a new play by Charles Rice-González is set in a bar/lounge in Harlem that is on the crossroads of reality and history. The bar existed as a prominent jazz club in 1934 called The Big Apple, became a gay bar in the 1980s and is currently a Popeye’s Chicken. But the Big Apple has claimed a metaphysical space for black queerness, and offers a testament to its persistence, defying any attempts at its suppression or erasure. Two characters, Taher, a 15 year old orphan who is often bullied for being gay in his high school, and Seeker, a 50 year old, doctor who returns to Harlem looking for answers from the ghosts of his friends who died from AIDS, meet in this space. They encounter historical figures including James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gladys Bentley and others who impart experiences bringing the past into the present with sights to the future.

Oct 26, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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