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The Green Duck Lounge by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, directed by Dr. Claire Syler

The Green Duck Lounge explores how the contemporary #BlackLivesMatter movement parallels the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by focusing on the life of Leon Jordan, a Kansas City police officer, MO legislator, and civil rights activist. The play is a swift sixty-minutes with a first act set in 2015, a second act set forty years earlier, and a third act comprised of a post-play discussion.

Equity actor and artistic director of Kansas City’s Melting Pot Theatre, Harvey Williams, will be in residence at Mizzou during the month of February to perform the historical figure of Kansas City activist and politician, Leon Jordan, in The Green Duck Lounge

For more information about the history that inspired this play, also visit:

Tickets $15  ($13 Early Bird discount, one weeek ahead of show, available only at the Rhynsburger box office)
Rhynsburger Theatre Lobby box office hours: 2p-5p, Mon-Fri and one hour before performance
(573) 882-PLAY (7529) or buy tickets online at

Join us for discussion after the play.

TalkBack Panelists and dates:
Feb 21 – Harvey Williams, Glenn Rice, Gary Kremer, Traci Wilson-Kleekamp
Feb 22 – Harvey Williams, Glenn Rice, Stephanie Shonekan, Kennedy Moore, Marshall Allen
Feb 23 – Harvey Williams, Micah Kubic, Adrian Clifton, S. David Mitchell
Feb 24 – Harvey Williams, Keona Ervin
Feb 25 – Harvey Williams, Dr. Earnest Perry, Kevin McDonald

Dr. Keona Ervin, MU Department of History
Dr. Kevin McDonald, MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Associate Dean Ernest Perry, MU School of Journalism
Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star Investigative Reporter
Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Chair of Black Studies, MU
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, Race Matters, Friends
Dr. Adrian Clifton, MU Department of Education, President, Worley Street Roundtable
Kennedy A. Moore, Vocalist, Talking Drum
Marshall Allen, President, Legion of Black Collegians
Dr. Micah Kubic, ACLU of Kansas
Dr. Gary Kremer, Director, State Historical Society of Missouri
Dr. S. David Mitchell, MU School of Law

About Equity Actor Harvey Williams
Harvey is the founder of KC Melting Pot Theatre. His critically acclaimed plays Old School, The Session, On Shoulders Now and 2121 have delighted Kansas City audiences. He has performed at theatres across Kansas City in productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Little Tommy Parker, The Watsons go to Birmingham, Now Let Me Fly, The Piano Lesson, Fences, 12 Angry Men, 1940’s Radio Hour and Bank Job. He has performed in several productions for KC Melting Pot, including Old School Ghetto Gospel, Waiting to be Invited, A Soft Escape and Sunset Baby. His productions with InPlay include, The African Company Presents Richard the III, Monkey Don’t Drink Hot Chocolate, Othello, Journey with Barbara Jordan and most recently Grapes Vine. Harvey has toured with Central Standard Theatre in Bedford, UK, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Adelaide, Australia. He is a graduate of the UMKC (University of Missouri, Kansas City) and a member of the SAG/AFTRA and AEA.

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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