On Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m. in Fish Interfaith Center, WordTheatre of LA and Wilkinson College will host an evening featuring dramatic readings of John Edgar Wideman’s short stories (Philadelphia Fire and Sent for You Yesterday). This event celebrates Black History Month and will feature internationally acclaimed Hollywood actor Roger Guenveur Smith (Do The Right Thing, American Gangster, Dope) and Chapman actors (to be announced soon!).
ABOUT THE WRITER: 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.