WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
In celebration of Black History Month, actor/vocalist Richard Johnson will perform the premiere of his one man play, "Pappy on Da Underground Railroad," directed by Keith Allen, accompanied by musical director Terry Wallstein. Johnson is best known for his cabaret shows on the music of Nat King Cole and as a stylist of antique gospel music and Negro Spirituals. In the play—which ascends into soaring spiritual music—a "conductor" the Underground Railroad educates and prepares a group of runaway slaves for their journey northward with him. He is met with the daunting challenge of selling freedom to men and women who don't believe freedom exists for them.