David Mills will perform renditions of the works of Langston Hughes in a one-man show at College of St. Joseph Thursday, Feb. 2.
Mills, a writer and actor who has worked professionally in the dramatic and literary communities for more than a decade, lived in Hughes’ landmark home for three years. During this time, he was inspired to create a one-person dramatic rendition of Hughes’ poems and short stories through the Harlem Renaissance.
Hughes is affectionately referred to as the Shakespeare of Harlem. He is respected for his insightful, colorful portrayals of the life of African Americans from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Mills’ performance spans those five decades, portraying notable characters of Hughes’ works including Madam Alberta K. Johnson and Jessie B. Semple. His performance highlights Hughes’ unwavering love for Harlem, from its beauty to brutality.
The event is part of the College’s Black History Month celebration and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The performance will be held in Tuttle Theater on the College of St. Joseph campus, located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.