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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Wielding razor-sharp wit, comic genius Dick Gregory—subject of the play Turn Me Loose that explores the influential life of the 1960s activist and first black comedian to make white audiences laugh at the absurdity of bigotry, and that recently closed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts—hacked away at myths about race, poverty, war and politics, up until his passing in August 2017. Prophetic, committed, authentic, confrontational and hysterically funny, Mr. Gregory was one of the last living champions from a remarkable period of struggle for dignity and freedom.
As a way of continuing the legacy of Mr. Gregory’s work, The Wallis presents a free panel discussion – «Social Activism and the Arts: Lessons from the Legacy of Dick Gregory» on Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm in the Lovelace Studio Theater.
The panel, comprised of individuals who have shown support of activism through the arts, includes Joe Morton, Tavis Smiley, Shamell Bell and Lula Washigton (Lula Washington Dance Theatre — Company), and moderated by Tananarive Due.
The production and panel is made possible in part by the generous support of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and continues The Wallis’ commitment to create, present and celebrate work that reflects the rich cultural diversity of our city.