In the photo: Nicoye Banks, Left | Lloyd Watts, Middle | Sherri Marina, Right


On Monday Dillard University Theatre teamed up with “Project 1 Voice, a national performing arts organization dedicated to the preservation of black theater to present a reading of the 1954 play by activist James Baldwin, “The Amen Corner,”

The reading held in Dillard’s Georges Auditorium is part of the second annual “One Voice, One Play, One Day” project, which displays black theater across the country on the same day and at approximately the same time.

The play featured a number of Rising Broadway stars including Sex and the City actress and former chair of Dillard University’s theater department Sherri Marina, New Orleans native and star in the documentary film “The Stoop: Looking for Lenny actor Lloyd Watts and actor Nicoye Banks who played roles in “Law & Order,” and“ Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day”.

Ed Bishop, artistic director for the American Theater Project of New Orleans directed the play that also featured members of the Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company and the Anthony Bean Community Theater, which recently produced “The Amen Corner”, ending shows on Feb. 12 earlier this year.

“The Amen Corner” tells the story of a family in Harlem in the mid-20th century trying to navigate its faith, relationships and careers amidst a backdrop of poverty and racism.


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