WordTheatre® returns for a sixth season to Chapman University where celebrated actors bring America’s finest short stories to life through dramatic readings. On February 5, the University will host actor Roger Guenveur Smith who will perform the stories of John Edgar Wideman, a McArthus Genius award-winning writer―who will come from Brooklyn for this unique presentation of his work.

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Roger Guenveur Smith

This event celebrates Black History Month and will feature internationally acclaimed Hollywood actor Roger Guenveur Smith of such films as Do The Right Thing, American Gangster, and Dope. Smith, along with Chapman actors, will perform readings of John Edgar Wideman’s short stories: Philadelphia Fire and Sent for You Yesterday.

Smith is the voice for the audiobook of Wideman’s most recent Writing to Save A Life: The Louis Till File. Additionally, Smith is a performer of celebrated one man shows, including: “Rodney King” and “A Huey P. Newton Story.” His films include: Marshall, Dope, American Gangster, and Do the Right Thing.

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John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman was the second African-American Rhodes scholar and studied 18th-century narrative at Oxford. He played basketball for Penn State and wrote Hoop Roots: Basketball, Race, and Love. He writes short stories, novels, and nonfiction. His most recent book is Writing to Save a Life, which investigates the life of Louis Till, a man executed by the Army ten years before Till’s son, Emmett, was murdered. His award-winning novel Philadelphia Fire is based on the 1985 bombing of a cult.

The event takes place Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m. in Chapman’s Fish Interfaith Center. It is free and open to the public, with first-come, first-served seating. Parking is available at the Lastinger Parking Structure located off of Walnut, underneath Wilson Field. For more information on this event, visit https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/01/16/wordtheatre-at-chapman-university-4/

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