Daniel Beaty: EMERGENCY


Kennedy~Reedy Theatre, McGlothlin Center for the Arts (MCA) — 30481 Garnand Dr.

EMERGENCY is Daniel Beaty’s Obie, NAACP, Audelco, and Ovation Award-winning one-man play in which he portrays 43 different characters.  A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty in present day NYC sending the city’s inhabitants into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration. Characters include a homeless man, a scientist, a Republican business executive, a street vendor, an 11-year old boy from the projects and more who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon.  A slam poet named Rodney is scheduled to perform in a poetry slam that evening but is delayed by having to retrieve his schizophrenic father from the site of the emergence.  While Rodney and his brother go to see about their dad, the audience is treated to the poetry slam already in progress.

Award-winning actor, singer, writer, and community activist, Daniel Beaty brings his one-man theatrical tour-de-force to the Kennedy~Reedy Theatre stage.   His work is deeply rooted in a desire to tell stories that illuminate our shared humanity by giving voice to the voiceless and often overlooked in our society.  He believes stories are at the heart of every challenge and every possibility, and that we, individually and collectively, have the power to write a story that creates the opportunity for all.  EMERGENCY is an intricately woven, urgent, witty, and moving exploration of our shared humanity and what it means to be free. This is an explosive play, where rhythm, rhyme, and remembrance rise. 

A graduate of Yale University (BA) and American Conservatory Theatre (MFA), Beaty is the co-writer and lead actor of the upcoming feature film Chapter and Verse with Loretta Devine and Omari Hardwick about a man who reintegrates into society after eight years in prison.  His critically acclaimed plays THROUGH THE NIGHT, EMERGENCY, MR. JOY, BREATH & IMAGINATION, and THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST – PAUL ROBESON, have been produced at leading theaters across the nation and venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the White House. 

The engagement of Daniel Beaty is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Daniel Beaty is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Tickets are $ 23. FREE to E&H students, faculty and staff (one ticket per student, two tickets per faculty/staff member, must claim in person at the Box Office with E&H ID).