The Black Panthers; Helen of Troy: 2 events at NYU

The professional storytelling series at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse presents On April 17th, D. McCarty, former Chicago Black Panther , telling his story about being a target of COINTELPRO after his colleague and friend Fred Hampton was assassinated. Michael is featured in the current film, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.  He will be at NYU on April 17th.

Then, on May 1st, Megan Wells will be performing Helen’s Troy, a telling of the Trojan War illuminating the complex choices of a Spartan woman of power.

Michael D. McCarty tells Happy Panther:
My Experience in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

J. Edgar Hoover declared, “the Black Panther Party represents the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” What made the BPP so dangerous? Not the guns – but the Free Breakfast for Children and other survival programs that BPP initiated. Michael D. McCarty was a member of the Illinois Chapter of the BPP and a colleague of Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the Chicago police under the direction of the FBI. Later it was discovered that this was part of COINTELPRO, Hoover’s program of deception, lies, and skullduggery that would destroy many lives. Michael became a target of COINTELPRO after leaving the Party. He has stories to tell. (Appropriate for adults and teens 14 and older.)

Michael D. McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and International Folk tales, Historical tales, Stories of Science, Spiritual stories as well as stories of “the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life.” He has led numerous workshops for California’s Arts in Corrections program. Michael’s stories testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit. havemouthwillrunit.com

Megan Wells tells Helen’s Troy
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Helen of Troy is forever remembered in poetry as the face that launched a thousand ships. What must it have been like to live behind a face like that? After intense research into the history, literature, and mythology of the legendary Trojan War, Megan Wells crafted an epic that illuminates the complex choices of a Spartan woman of power. Resonant to our modern age, politics over territory bend circumstances to incite mighty conflicts. (Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older.)

Megan Wells is an award-winning storyteller, actor, and director with over forty years experience. She tells traditional tales, multi-cultural myths, and historical events, as well as personal and true stories. She has performed coast to coast and is the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. Appearances include the national Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. meganwells.com

All shows are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 MacDougal Street.

Events are free. Box office opens one hour before the show
Information line  212-998-5867

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