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Brilliantly Explosive Show Highlights Black History Month at Hartnell College

February 6th, 2007

The Black Student Union at Hartnell College presents award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer, Daniel Beaty, in his one-man show, "Emergence-See," at the Main Stage Theater on Tuesday, February 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Emergence-See" begins with a slave ship rising out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty in 2006, and then takes its audience on an exploration of what centuries of slavery might do to the human psyche. Beaty portrays 40 diverse characters during this tour de force that features slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song.

Beaty, who graduated with honors from Yale University and earned a master of fine arts degree in acting from the American Conservatory Theatre, was recently seen on HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," among other television shows. This versatile performer is the 2004 Grand Slam Champion at the world famous Nuyorican Poet's Café and the Fox Networks National Redemption Slam Champion.

Beaty’s "Emergence-See" was called "dazzling" by the New York Times when it was performed in 2003 as part of the Urban Arts Festival in New York City, a prelude to the world-famous New York International Fringe Festival, and it has received rave reviews in every production since.

It was one of four plays highlighting the 2005-06 season of the venerable New Freedom Theatre. New Freedom has nurtured some of the country’s most vibrant writing, directing, and acting talent over the last four decades, and is one of the oldest African-American theatres in the country.

New York critics hailed last fall’s Public Theater production of "Emergence-See." The Daily News said, “The energy pouring out of The Public Theater nightly could knock you off your feet. Daniel Beaty is mesmerizing.”

Peter Santilli of the Associated Press said, "Daniel Beaty’s Emergence-See is electrifying. A lyrically brilliant must-see."

The show is presented as part of Hartnell College’s celebration of Black History Month. For a complete schedule of events, please visit our website at www.hartnell.edu/news.