Former student Lamar Cheston Performs on Campus
Former Rhetoric student Lamar Cheston, stopped by Professor Merrill’s class to talk about how he got his start doing historical performances and his current starring role in Black Angels Over Tuskegee.
The historical docudrama Black Angels Over Tuskegee, performed on Friday, February 6, 2015, was the first event of Hofstra’s Black History Month celebration.
Written by Layon Gray and starring Hofstra alumnus Lamar K. Cheston, the play is the recipient of many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Award and the Hollywood Artistic Director Achievement (ADA) Award for “Best Ensemble,” the 2009 Artistic Achievement Award for “Best Play,” and the 2010 NYC Audelco Special Achievement Award.
Energetic and emotionally captivating, Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of six men embarking to become the first aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in 20th century American history. The play has enjoyed a successful six year run off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theater (308 West 46th Street).
Lamar K. Cheston, an alumnus of Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance, is featured in the role of Theodore. While he was a student, Lamar performed on the Hofstra stage in productions of The Great White Hope, A Raisin in the Sun and Macbeth. In 2008 and 2012, the two years Hofstra hosted Presidential Debates, Lamar participated in a unique program titled “Democracy in Performance,” for which he played 19th century escaped slave and abolitionist Henry Box Brown.
The performance was sponsored by the NAACP Hofstra Chapter, in collaboration with Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Hofstra Cultural Center.