Marathon Reading of The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley
This production ran: Oct 29
This Production is in the past
On Sunday, October 29, from 6AM to midnight, the Met will embark on a marathon reading of the entire Autobiography of Malcolm X, as Told to Alex Haley, presented on the Grand Tier of the Metropolitan Opera House, in connection with the company premiere of Anthony Davis’s opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. The reading is free and open to the public, and all members of the community are invited to hear the words of the iconic civil rights leader delivered live by an array of performers, writers, artists, scholars, students, and others. Thulani Davis, the opera’s librettist, has organized the event in collaboration with the acclaimed Elevator Repair Service theater company, which specializes in durational readings. Geoffrey Jackson Scott joins the creative team to bring this monumental project to life.
This epic 18-hour reading, the first time ever that the complete book has been presented publicly in this way, promises to be a landmark event for the Met and for New York City.
Click here for more information about the Met premiere of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, and to buy tickets.
Capacity and seating at this event is limited. Entry at specific times cannot be guaranteed.
Co-produced by the Metropolitan Opera and Elevator Repair Service in collaboration with Thulani Davis and Geoffrey Jackson Scott
Presented by the Metropolitan Opera
As of October 26, 2023
Jafari S. Allen
Hon. David C. Banks
Charles Anthony Burks
Scarlett London Diviney
K. Todd Freeman
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Jeremy O. Harris
Michael R. Jackson
Kevin Ray Johnson
Maria E. Joseph
Nicole Joy Mitchell
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Kimberli N. Render
Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz
Bryce Christian Thompson
Katelan Trần Terrell
Courtney B. Vance
Jamaal L. Williams
Tammie Cheri Woods
Hon. Sheena Wright
*Member of Elevator Repair Service
Including representatives from:
The Brotherhood Sister Sol
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Harlem School of the Arts
National Black Theatre
New York City agencies and departments
The cast of Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X
And many more members of New York’s diverse artistic community