Dick Gregory revisited next month at Annenberg Center

Merdies Hayes | 9/20/2017, 4:59 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will launch its 2017-18 season on Oct. 13 with a limited engagement of ...

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“Since the summer of 2009 when I first approached Dick Gregory about creating this project, it has been the main thrust of my career,” said director John Gould Rubin. “I discovered an insufficiently known hero whose prescience in the 1960’s sounds like commentary on today's news. He so accurately predicted the world in which we now find ourselves. No figure I have ever encountered wielded such hysterical humor so sharply juxtaposed to the most profound insight. I thought I knew who Dick Gregory was when I approached him, but then became amazed at this epic figure's life, tragically just lost. I hope Turn Me Loose may create that same amazement in our audience so they may be equally awestruck at this unique figure's life.”

“Mr. Gregory traversed a mystical territory as a performer of comic genius and a civil rights activist of unbridled courage,” said playwright Gretchen Law. “I was first introduced to him as an adolescent, playing his comedy club albums with my family and friends-the inextricable pain and humor resounded in me. His truth, albeit funny, was bitter. The path his life took-the way he shaped it-entreats us to listen to the universe for cues as to what it means to be responsive persons of action in messy and unconscionable human affairs. It's an extreme honor to have had this opportunity as a playwright.”

Single tickets are available for $60 and $75. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets or more information, visit TheWallis.org/TML, call (310) 746-4000, or stop by the box office at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., in Beverly Hills.