Five Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in the Triangle (and Support Local Artists)

There are several theater companies commemorating Juneteenth with special performances. Here are ways you can not only commemorate the federal holiday but also support local artists.

The Fire of Freedom

Theatre Raleigh is presenting a production of Howard L. Craft’s play The Fire of Freedom at its new arts center. Mike Wiley portrays freedom fighter Abraham Galloway in this one-man show. Each performance is followed by a talkback with Wiley. Hear what Wiley and Craft have to say about the production on this week’s podcast. For more information visit: www.theatreraleigh.com.

Slave Narratives at Chavis Park

In recognizing the Juneteenth holiday, Raleigh Parks has partnered with MOJOAA Performing Arts Company to breathe life into the words of formerly enslaved people. For more information visit: https://raleighnc.gov/events/slave-narratives-john-chavis-memorial-park.

A River Speaks of Thirst

To commemorate Juneteenth, The Justice Theater Project is presenting free showings of its film A River Speaks of Thirst, written by Piedmont Laureate Jaki Shelton Greene. This is a streaming production. For more information visit: http://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/.

Radio Golf

Director Jamal Farrar will join Beltline to Broadway’s Lauren Van Hemert Saturday at 4 PM (on Facebook) from Pure Life Theatre to discuss the significance of August Wilson’s play. For more information on the Pure Life Theatre production, which runs through June 27th, visit https://www.purelifetheatre.com/.

The Mountaintop

Raleigh Little Theatre closes its production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop Saturday evening at the Stephenson Amphitheatre. Here, according to Beltline to Broadway’s Denver Ellis, Martin Luther King Jr. is humanized as a person, not a monument in an almost ethereal reimagination of MLK’s last night on Earth. For more information visit https://raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/the-mountaintop/.

For a complete listing of Triangle theater events, visit our Calendar Page. To learn more about the Juneteenth holiday, hear what former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis had to say to Beltline to Broadway last year during a live chat.