Edwin Lee Gibson's one-man show comes to campus

contact: Cara Barnes
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Photo of Edwin Lee Gibson.

Gibson in "Five 'Til"

KALAMAZOO—In collaboration with the Kellogg Foundation, University Theatre welcomes Edwin Lee Gibson to Kalamazoo. His one-man show, "Five 'Til," will run Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, in the York Arena Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Performances are free.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the University Theatre Box Office at (269) 387-6222. Walk-ins are welcome.

Performance schedule

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

"Five 'Til" is a social commentary on the connection between the education and the justice system. With the audience as witnesses to the crime, this emotional portrayal forces them to act as judge and jury during the final statement of Dante Wallace, a career criminal accused of a heinous crime that he claims he did not commit.

Edwin Lee Gibson wrote and performs this solo play, which is part lucid hallucination and part fairytale with music in the stylistic traditions of negro spirituals, blues and soul with songs like, "Ain’t Done Nothin'," "The Other Side" and "Petty Thief."

Edwin Lee Gibson

Gibson received an OBIE Award for outstanding performance in his portrayal of Oedipus in Will Power's "The Seven," choreographed by Bill T. Jones and directed by Jo Bonney. Other credits include "The St. James Infirmary" by Brian Tucker, directed by Harry Lennix; "Five Fingers of Funk" by Will Power; and "Another Evening" by Bill T. Jones.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at emily.duguay@wmich.edu or (269) 387-6222.