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The Division of Diversity and Inclusion as part of the Maximizing Student Potential Initiative will host a performance of "Emergency" by award-winning actor, singer, writer and composer Daniel Beaty at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending New York into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this solo play featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation and song. Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters, including a homeless man, a scientist, a business executive, a street vendor and an 11-year old boy from the projects, who will all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. "Emergency" weaves a commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free.

NYTheatre.com says of "Emergency": "Daniel Beaty's explosive, affecting solo play Emergency may be the most important new drama since Angels in America."

Daniel Beaty's critically acclaimed solo plays Through the Night, Emergency, Mr. Joy, Breath & Imagination and The Tallest Tree In the Forest - Paul Robeson, have been performed at leading theaters across the country as well as venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the White House, and garnered numerous awards including an Obie award for writing and performance and three NAACP Theatre Awards.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

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