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Special Screening

UMS thanks Michigan Engineering for its support as Lead Presenting Sponsor of Some Old Black Man.

Enjoy this special screening for the University of Michigan community, starting Feb 24. (Note: includes instances of strong language and descriptions of racial violence)

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About the Production

In Some Old Black Man, Calvin Jones (Wendell Pierce), a hip, coolly intellectual African-American college professor, moves his 82-year-old ailing but doggedly independent father, Donald Jones (Charlie Robinson), from Greenwald, Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse.

The play begins with an argument over what to eat for breakfast, then turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity, and a decision that Calvin made years ago. Donald’s grumpiness is peppered with disturbing outbursts, revealing bits of his past, informed by growing up Black and poor in the South. Donald is wary that he isn’t seen by his gifted, accomplished son as being good enough, and Calvin resents Donald as being a self-righteous, relentlessly tough parent. Father-son strife escalates when their generational conflict is lensed through civil rights.

Thank you to our supporters

Lead Presenting Sponsors

Tim and Sally Petersen

Michigan Engineering

Presenting Sponsors

DTE Foundation
Newmarket LLC

Patron Sponsor

Jerry and Dale Kolins Endowment Fund

Funded in part by

UMS Sustaining Directors

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan