Metro Parks & Recreation Hosts “The Meeting”, a Play by Jeff Stetson

February 25, 2015

Nearly five decades after the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, student actors from the African American Theatre Program (AATP) at the University of Louisville have partnered with Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation to perform “The Meeting,” a fictional take on the two civil rights titans, as part of community outreach to make local theatre accessible to youth and their families in typically under-served neighborhoods.   


Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are inextricably linked, but in reality the two leaders never had the opportunity to share their points of view. “The Meeting,” written by playwright Jeff Stetson, imagines what would have happened if the pair came together to discuss their beliefs and passions for equality. In reality, the two met only once for a brief minute after a U.S. Senate press conference in 1964.  


Two performances will take place in Metro Parks’ community centers.  The first will be held Friday, February 27th, 7:00 pm at California Community Center located at 1600 West St. Catherine Street.  The second performance will take place on Saturday, March 14th, 3:00 pm at Southwick Community Center located at 3621 Southern Avenue.  In addition to the play, there will be short Q & A with audience and actors, following the performance. 


“At a time when civil rights are still at the forefront of our national consciousness, it’s essential to honor great leaders of the past as we strive to live up to the ideals they set forth so many years ago,” said Dr. Baron Kelly, associate professor of theatre and director of the AATP.


The play runs sixty-minutes and is free and open to the public.