KCC Center for Diversity to host Ariel Luckey for solo show “Free Land” Sept. 17

KCC CDI employees hold up a flyer promoting the upcoming "Free Land" play .

Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation will bring nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright Ariel Luckey to campus this month for a performance of his solo show “Free Land.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the auditorium of the newly renovated Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

“Free Land” uses theatre, hip hop and poetry to tell the story of a white man searching for his roots in a piece designed to challenge viewers to reflect on issues of race and land in America. Luckey will lead the audience in a dialogue following the performance to highlight some of the connections he sees among issues including race, class, ethnic identities and American history.

Luckey is a performer whose works cross the borders of activism, art and education. Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Luckey was named a “Visionary” by the Utne Reader for “Free Land,” which was his first play. Commissioned by the National Performance Network in partnership with La Peña Cultural Center and the White Privilege Conference, Luckey has performed “Free Land” at more than 100 theaters, schools and conferences across the U.S. In 2010, Speak Out – The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture, published a DVD of “Free Land” and Luckey’s accompanying curriculum guide, “Free Land: A Hip Hop Journey from the Streets of Oakland to the Wild Wild West.”

For more information, contact Timeaka Reese, executive assistant at the CDI, at 269-565-7946 or reeset@kellogg.edu.

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