|Morgan alum to
perform with National Theatre Company of China|
Kenneth Alston has accepted
an invitation from the National Theatre Company of China and Stanford University
to perform at the groundbreaking premiere of Passages of Martin Luther
King in Beijing, China. The play, which was written by Stanford professor
Clayborne Carson, opens June 21 for five performances in Chinese at the
Oriental Pioneer Theatre.
In January of this year, Alston
met with representatives from the National Theatre Company in Atlanta at
Ebenezer Baptist Church. That day, Alston, who sings regularly with Three
Mo' Tenors, was an invited soloist at the Sunday service.
Alston, joined by gospel singer
September Penn of Florida, is arranging the music for the Beijing performance
and directing the gospel group, which includes three singers from Stanford
The play, which chronicles the
life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader, has been performed
across the US and dramatic readings have featured award-winning actor Danny
Glover and Condoleezza Rice, now US Secretary of State. Last May, Stanford
collaborated with the National Theatre to present a dramatic reading of
the play, which was featured in The New York Times.
This will be Alston's first
visit to China. He has performed with the world-renowned Morgan State University
Choir in the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Martinique,
was a featured soloist on the HBO original series The Wire in 2003, and
sang at the US National Rotunda in Washington, D.C., at the historical
lying in state of the civil rights leader Rosa Parks.