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Dick Gregory-Inspired Turn Me Loose Announces Full Casting

John Carlin joins Edwin Lee Gibson in Arena Stage production.

Edwin Lee Gibson stars in Arena Stage's production of Turn Me Loose.
(photo provided by Arena Stage)

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has announced full casting for the DC-area premiere of Gretchen Law's Turn Me Loose. Directed by John Gould Rubin, the production runs September 6-October 14 in the Kreeger Theater.

As previously announced, Edwin Lee Gibson will portray comedian-activist Dick Gregory. Making his Arena debut, John Carlin joins the cast as Stand-Up Comic, Emcee, Interviewer, Gospel Singer, Heckler, and Cabbie, reprising the roles he originated.

Turn Me Loose chronicles Dick Gregory's rise as the first black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, he turned activism into an art form.

The creative team for Turn Me Loose includes scenic designer Christopher Barreca, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge, and sound designer Leon Rothenberg.

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