"Rhapsody in Black...is one of the most profound and searing documents I have encountered about what it feels like to be African-American in America--and the special nuances of what it can feel like to be an African-American man, constructing an identity as a man, an artist, a lover, a husband, a friend in the face of such extraordinary pressures. Leland Gantt's voice is moving and sometimes dazzling, and his performance itself is truly unforgettable. A remarkable actor and a significant piece of work about a genuinely important issue, inadequately explored in our generation in spite of earlier generations' classics such as Soul on Ice and Invisible Man.”
“Rhapsody in Black...is a searing portrait of the effects of racism on one multi-talented artist...a powerful and important work. Everyone should see this play.”
“Rhapsody in Black...explores areas that are new to African American writing...with a kind of honesty I seldom see on the American stage.”
--Woody King Jr.
2016 Fall tour
From Monument Mountain Regional High School
600 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA. 01230
"I am an English teacher at Monument Mountain Regional High School where you just performed this morning. I want to thank you for facilitating the most substantial and productivie whole-school discussion that I have ever witnessed in my over seven years in this community. Your generosity of spirit and courageous honesty will never be forgotten."
Michael G. Rosenthal
Your performance was a gift to our school – to each of us, and I write this simply to say thank you.
Your message is powerful. Your message is one of experience, strength and hope. Your message calls us to be our best selves. Your message heals fears and judgement.
I hope that you are filled through this work. You certainly give that to others.
I hope that I can build on what we all witnessed Friday morning. I will do my best.