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Malcolm Purkey | The Role of Art In Uprisings

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00pm

Mainstage Theatre, CA 3043 Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252

Malcolm Purkey is an actor, director, playwright, screen writer, lecturer, artistic director and currently the Dean of AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. 

Purkey grew up a white male during Apartheid.  He worked in spaces where it was illegal to build work across color—black, white and colored. In 20 years, South Africa has moved from a legal Apartheid State to an economically driven Apartheid State. 50 years later, here in the U.S., we mirror this same landscape and history, we just use different words, like segregation, or urban blight to describe it. 

In his public lecture, The Role of Art in Uprisings, Purkey will lead us through the history of Apartheid and the role Art played in it.  As the artistic director of Market Theatre, or the “Theatre of Struggle”, Purkey has a unique perspective. 

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