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" 50 Years Later "

#KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Love Truth & Reality Entertainment GROUP PRESENTS "

A ONE MAN PLAY PRODUCTION

#If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Were Alive Today!

A Soul-Riveting "ONE MAN PLAY" that puts a modern perspective on the Life Legacy and Dream of Dr. King: The Play examines current Events as well as past Events. Dr. king A True Legendary Champion of Human and Civil Rights. Come and experience what was Spoken by Dr. King's Famous Trumpet of Conscience Speech During the Vietnam War, come Hear how Rabia bring Emotion and Passion As a Performer to the Character of This Loving Icon, Come and Experience I Have a Dream in its Entirety, Come Be a Witness from the Mountain Top And See the Promised Land, Come Help and Share in the Prosperity of Keeping That Dream Alive.

Written Directed and Performed By:

{ Rabia Louis Haynes }

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One-man Show Portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If He Were Alive Today


I spent an unforgettable weekend in Memphis, Tennessee recently, with its highlight being my attendance at actor- playwright Rabia Haynes, one-man play aptly titled “What If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Were Alive Today”. This play had a two-week run at the Harrell Performing Arts Center in Collierville, TN (suburban Memphis.)


I attended this play on 2015 Super-Bowl weekend, when most people were preparing for the ‘big game’, parties and the like; I was surprised to find a dedicated and genuinely interested audience attending this ‘event’ (it is truly more than just a play.) The stage was sparsely decorated with simple set changes being accomplished by switching the back-drop to suit the time and place. Many images of Dr. King and his surroundings create the atmosphere – but I wondered….. how could this actor-playwright make the audience believe that he was indeed Dr. King? After all, generations of talented actors have portrayed this icon of the Civil Rights Movement from David Oyelowo, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his title role in the bio-pic “Selma” – to James Earl Jones, Dexter King, Malik Yoba and countless others.However, Haynes accomplishes this in a most clever way. He creates two characters in this play (all in one person); a soldier returning from his tour of duty and this soldiers own convincing takeoff of Dr. King –which he performs for his fellow soldiers entertainment! Thereby creating “his own burlesque or simulation” of Dr. King. A truly ingenious way of presenting Dr. King through the mind / talents of this soldier!


Once the play starts – one gets the feeling of contemporary time and place, but when actor Haynes becomes the soldier’s champion, Dr. King – the reality sets in and you are taken aback by the surrealism of this performance. The speeches are dead-on perfect (a fete in itself to memorize word by word, Dr King’s famous speeches) then Haynes takes you into a completely different world – that of Dr. King and his comments and preachings on what’s going on in the world today. Haynes makes you believe that you are witnessing Dr. King NOW! This segment of the play – is what makes it stand out from all the rest, Haynes clever and well thought-out interpretation of what Dr King might say .…“if he were alive today!”


Hopefully, Haynes will be able to take this play “on the road” to be able to entertain, educate and challenge audiences around the USA. I certainly give it my “thumbs-up” and a “must-see” recommendation.

Don Rossi Nuccio

President Latino Art Beat

8 February 2015


Subject: MLK Play in Collierville is as Close as We'll Ever Get to Dr. King... A Review by Tony Nichelson

A Theatrical Review…
Memphis – The one-man stage play, “If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Were Alive Today”, running through next weekend at the Harrell Theater in Collierville, is an extraordinary performance by writer-director-performer Rabia Louis Haynes. The Chicago native spent considerable time in New York and Los Angeles studying his craft, and also has roots in Clarksdale, but the high energy performance he’s put together takes the audience immediately to Vietnam, Birmingham, and ultimately to Memphis.
Haynes glides through the 75-minute monologue, including seemingly instant costume changes, and ties it all together with renditions of Dr. King’s most classic and well-regarded speeches, and takes the audience to a place that few of us ever reach. I witnessed opening Night at the Harrell Theater on Wednesday, and without realizing it, I arrived at a point during the show that could only have been felt by those who lived and worked with Dr. King. I thought, “This is as close as any of us will ever come to actually feeling the essence of what the historic Civil Rights leader must have exuded in his life”.
Watching a one-man play is very different, but to see one man remember such compelling and appropriate monologues was inspiring. Theater suspends our reality, and for a great portion of the play, we were all taken back to 1963, and then to 1968 and “felt” the gunshot that ended a life, and a dream, and an era. Rabia Louis Haynes is to be commended for his on-stage work, but even more for reminding us that we have a lot to answer for. What would Dr. King say about us? What would he have to say to a generation so completely devoid of real leaders, and one that seemingly has little if any regard or memory of dogs and fire hoses and kidnappings and codified racial separation?
“If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Were Alive Today” is a simple reminder of history, done superbly in the quaint confines of a Memphis suburban enclave. Every student over the age of 12, and every person over the age of fifty should take the opportunity to reflect on this most critical time in history, and the most critical soldier in the fight for human dignity… Happy Birthday Dr. King... Great job Mr. Haynes.

By: Tony Nichelson.




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