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Speak My Words, Tell My Truth

14nov2:00 pm4:00 pmSpeak My Words, Tell My Truth2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speak My Words

Event Details

Dezart Performs in partnership with Brothers of the Desert present a live staged reading of Speak My Words, Tell My Truth by Lorenz Qatava.

The play explores the legacy of five Black Gay writers and applies their lessons to present-day life in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. An all-star cast will be directed by Yvans Jourdain. 

Combining poetry, history, and storytelling, the play focuses on the lives and works of Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Essex Hemphill, E. Lynn Harris, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, and other seminal Black writers and activists. Through imagined intergenerational dialogues with each other and with a contemporary young Black gay man, we learn how their words transformed American culture, race relations, and acceptance of homosexuality.  Previous versions of “Speak My Words, Tell My Truth” have been performed at Coachella Valley Rep and Portland’s PDX Playwrights.

All proceeds will benefit Brothers of the Desert and tickets for this performance can be purchased on the Dezarts Performs website. https://dezartperforms.org/


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Pearl McManus Theater (at the historic Palm Springs Woman's Club)

314 S Cahuilla Road Palm Springs Womens Club Palm Springs, CA 92262