On October 16, 1901, two men, Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington, decided to dine together at the White House.
THE DINNER, written by Darryl Reuben Hall, begins with the aftermath following an innocent act of two great leaders who chose to eat at the same dinner table and the same time. It is told in through a sequence of influential vignettes. The furor spread like wildfire and provoked an outpouring of vulgarities and racial hatred from southern white politicians and noted press. Newspapers printed degrading poems and white separatists wrote coon songs.
THE DINNER is dressed in black and white images throughout, black and white projections, costumes, settings, decor, photograph images to address ‘color’ or lack thereof, the era, and crispness of the event.
Today, people of all colors and creeds eat at the same dining table, but on the 16th of October 1901, shortly after becoming president of the United States of America now residing in the White House, President Theodore Roosevelt invited his advisor, the articulate Negro spokesman Booker T. Washington to dine with him and his family. Mr. Washington accepted.
The Dinner features a 6-person cast. I hope to present this historical work to the masses. The Dinner is truth of this country's history and is worthy to be told.