Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kathryn Ervin Produces Michael Dinwiddie's 'A Guest of Honor,' On A Scott Joplin Opera, Cal State San Bernardino From May 20

[Scott Joplin, Kathryn Ervin]

John Malveaux of tells AfriClassical of the work of Prof. Kathryn Ervin at Cal State University San Bernardino in producing the West Coast premiere of Michael Dinwiddie's A Guest of Honor, which tells the story of Scott Joplin's efforts to produce an opera of the same name in 1903:

Cal State University San Bernardino
Department of Theatre Arts
by Michael Dinwiddie
May 20, 27, June 2, 4, 11 @ 8 p.m.
May 22, June 5 @ 2 p.m.
The West Coast premiere of a story about Scott Joplin 'The King of Ragtime' — a uniquely American music that combined African American harmonies and rhythm with classical musical styles. The play follows the dream and subsequent struggles as Joplin works to produce an opera, titled, 'A Guest of Honor' and earn respect in 1903."

Kathryn Ervin is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino. She served on the faculty at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University.

She is active in numerous professional organizations including the California Educational Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and she is a fellow of the California Arts Project. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Outstanding Educator Award and an NAACP Pioneer Award. She is a consultant and past president for the Black Theatre Network, the national organization for artists, scholars and individuals with an interest in celebrating the beauty and complexity of black life onstage. In 2010 she received the Black Theatre Network Lifetime Membership Award recognizing her service to the organization. [Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a Ragtime and Classical composer who is profiled at]

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