Off-Broadway “Turn Me Loose” Stars Joe Morton, Co-Producer John Legend, Opening Night by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Off-Broadway Play Turn Me Loose Stars Emmy Award winner Joe Morton of TV’s Scandal and Co-Produced by Grammy Award winner John Legend, Opening Night, Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater, New York, May 19, 2016 with an after party at XL Nightclub on 42nd Street.
John Legend, Dick Gregory, and Joe Morton, XL Nightclub, 42nd Street, New York, May 192016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Turn Me Loose is a new play about comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. Joe Morton portrays Gregory in Gretchen Law’s play, which centers on the comic whose 1960s stand-up about poverty, war, and the absurdity of racism led to his activist work with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, among others. Dick Gregory is now 83 years old.
Previews began Mary 3, 2016. John Gould Rubin, a former head of Off-Broadway’s Labyrinth Theater Company, is the play’s director, and actor John Carlin also appears in the production. John Legend co-produces with Mike Jackson in association with Get Lifted Film Company, the production company in which the two are partners. Co-Producer John Legend has also penned an original song for the production.
Opening Night star-studded guests included Dick Gregory, (wife Lillian Gregory, daughter Ayanna Gregory, and the Gregory family), John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Hudson, David Otunga, Norm Lewis, Wesley Snipes, Stephen Lang, Trevor Noah, Tonya Pinkins, Dule Hill, Sonia Sanchez, Nick Canon, Kenny Leon, Gina Belafonte, photographer Pamela Frank (Harry Belafonte’s wife), Amirah Vann, Mehcad Brooks, Ron Simons, John Patrick Shanley, Vy Higginsen, Charles Turner, Sarah Jones, Cassandra Freeman, Mike Jackson, Jamie de Roy, John Doman, Ron Canada, Irene Gandy, Chapman Roberts, Scott Wittman, Nora Chavooshian (Joe Morton’s wife), and many more.
Joe Morton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as “Rowan Pope”, Olivia Pope’s father, in ABC-TV’s Scandal created by Shonda Rhimes and debuted April 5, 2012. Joe Morton’s role is as Olivia’s father and the head of a spy agency. He is also known for his role as “Henry Deacon” on the TV series Eureka; his films included The Brother from Another Planet, City of Hope, Lone Star, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Of Mice and Men, Speed, Apt Pupil, What Lies Beneath, Ali, Paycheck, Stealth, and American Gangster.
John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He has won ten Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Dick Gregory is an American comedian, actor, radio co-host, entrepreneur, writer, social critic, civil rights activist, conspiracy theorist, and conducted landmark research into the assassinations of MLK & JFK.
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