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Turn Me Loose is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory - starring Emmy Winner and Scandal star Joe Morton - that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He’s been a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, candidate for mayor of Chicago and for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers: "Turn Me Loose."
Warning: Strong Language
Learn more about Turn Me Loose and Dick Gregory with these book recommendations from the Beverly Hills Public Library.
“Joe Morton’s portrayal reveals the anger, love and devastating sanity that set this prophetic comic apart.” – Los Angeles Times
“Joe Morton delivers a gripping performance.” – Huffington Post
“WOW! This is a glorious play – brilliantly funny, exactingly acted, and totally relevant to today.” – Edge Media Network
“Joe Morton is terrific … an uplifting tour de force.” – Capital & Main
“A very funny – but also very touching and at times painful – view of a multi-faceted genius who tried to change the world, a small piece at a time.” – Splash Magazines
“Best Theater of 2016. Scorchingly funny. Brilliant. Takes your breath away.” - The New York Times
Venue: LOVELACE STUDIO THEATER
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
This production is made possible in part by generous support from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.
Read the program notes here.