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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center opens the season with "The Mighty Gents" on October 11th

Richard Wesley’s moving play tells the story of former members of a black youth gang

MIAMI (October 06, 2017)

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) presents "The Mighty Gents" written by Richard Wesley and directed by John H. Pryor.  The production runs October 11 – 29, 2017 at the Center’s Wendell A. Narcisse Performing Arts Theater, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evenings with 4:00 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Preview shows run on October 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. and opening night is Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets prices are $15 for the preview performances; $20 for student/seniors, $25 for advanced, and $30 for general mission. Group rates are available upon request. Tickets may be purchased in the AHCAC office.

"The Mighty Gents" is an arresting and moving play that tells the story of former members of a black youth gang “that had ruled the Central Ward of Newark, NJ having conquered their rivals the Zombies, who are now in their 30s and left only with the recollections of their past successes.” It opened on Broadway in 1978 with cast members Morgan Freeman, Howard Rollins, Jr., Dorian Harewood and Starletta Dupois, now well-known award-winning/nominated actors.

The playwright, Richard Wesley, is also a screenwriter for television and cinema currently serving as an associate professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His popular works include the screenplays for Uptown Saturday Night and Let’s Do It Again.  Cue Magazine described him as “This harrowing and unforgettable drama marks the Broadway debut of one of America's finest young playwrights."

A limited number of discounted tickets are available to students, ages 13-22, through Culture Shock Miami at www.cultureshockmiami.com. A limited number of free tickets are also offered for senior citizens, residents of Miami-Dade County through the Golden Ticket Arts Guide program. Seniors may obtain the guide by calling (305) 499-8755. For more information about "The Mighty Gents" or AHCAC, please visit www.ahcacmiami.org or call (305) 638-6771.

Founded in 1975, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and has a long-standing reputation of providing high caliber art instruction. Students, ages 5-16 years old, receive professional instruction in music, dance, drama, and visual arts within a creative and secure environment after school, Saturdays, spring, winter and summer breaks. Distinguished alumni of the Center include Tarell Alvin McCraney, Executive Producer of Moonlight – the 2017 Academy Award-winning Best Picture; Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, a professional dancer with the production companies of Janet Jackson and Beyoncé; Shareef Clayton, a Jazz trumpeter, who studied with Arturo Sandoval and performed with Stevie Wonder; and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony-nominated play, Shuffle Along.

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The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategic creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community.