Six-male ensemble including Lamman Rucker to present story of Tuskegee Airman in Atlanta


The captivating untold story of the Tuskegee Airmen will be unveiled to Atlanta in the award winning play “Black Angels over Tuskegee” at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center beginning September 23rd through October 10th.  The play is being brought to Atlanta by director Herman LeVern Jones, founder of TheatreSouth Atlanta. An all-male African American ensemble of The Black Gents of Hollywood, including noted screen actor Lamman Rucker, “Black Angels over Tuskegee” will visit Atlanta for a preview stop prior to the launch of an upcoming 2011 Worldwide Tour.

Rucker and his fellow “Black Gents” are proud to present the stage play to Atlanta. “The Black Gents are honored to pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and their distinguished legacy,” said Rucker. “We have been empowered by their extraordinary contribution and have committed ourselves to continuing the movement for this generation. It's a privilege to be here to humbly show our respect and honor toward those who have paved the way for us.”

lamman_ruckerRucker has starred in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and UPN’s "Half & Half" He has also had roles in the daytime soaps “As the World Turns” and “All My Children,” as well roles in the popular television series “Law & Order” and the TV mini-series “The Temptations.”  The co-founder of The Black Gents of Hollywood, a Los Angeles based all black male theatre ensemble, Rucker’s stellar screen performances have made a mark as 'Sheriff Troy' in Tyler Perry’s highly successful motion pictures “Why Did I Get Married?” and its sequel “Why Did I Get Married Too?”

“Black Angels over Tuskegee,” a vibrantly energetic take on the story of the Tuskegee Airman is written and directed by NAACP award winner Layon Gray. The production is a narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. It tells of their struggles with Jim Crow, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The captivating all male cast delivers a powerful performance that is entertaining, inspiring and adds perspective to this rarely heard chapter in American history.

“Black Angels over Tuskegee” goes beyond other popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and shows the courage of the men who excelled, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. The Tuskegee Airmen are true heroes, not only within the African-American community, but in the history of America.

“Black Angels over Tuskegee” was awarded the 2009 NAACP Award for Best Ensemble and the 2009 Hollywood Artistic Director Achievement Award for Best Play. It was also selected as a main stage production at the National Black Theatre Festival, requested to perform at the Los Angeles African American Museum, The Tom Joyner Foundation Cruise throughout Canada, and most recently The National Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Las Vegas. Show times include, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday shows at 3 p.m. / 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. / 7 p.m.

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