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‘The Meeting’ at Bowen Park Theater

David Guy Chicago plays Malcolm X (left) Kerric Stephens Milwaukee plays Rashad Malcolm X’s bodyguard (center) Cory Connor Waukegan plays

David Guy of Chicago plays Malcolm X (left), Kerric Stephens of Milwaukee plays Rashad, Malcolm X’s bodyguard (center) and Cory Connor of Waukegan plays Dr. King.

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Updated: March 19, 2013 3:03AM

WAUKEGAN — “The Meeting,” a play about a fictional conversation between Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights revolutionary Malcolm X will be staged at Bowen Park Theater this weekend, Jan. 18 through Jan. 20.

“It’s a meeting they probably should have had,” said Debrah Neal, president of the North Chicago-based Center for the Arts, which is producing the play.

Both civil rights leaders pushed for equality for African Americans. But while King embraced a multiracial, non-violent strategy, Malcolm X was a proponent of Black nationalism.

“They both wanted to end discrimination, but they had different visions of how to do that,” Neal said. “Malcolm X wanted Negroes to self-educate, to do it for ourselves rather than wait for equal treatment.”

Written by Los Angeles-based playwright Jeff Stetson, the performance features artistic contributions by Neal, including a civil rights slideshow and mock media interview of the two leaders.

Bowen Park Theater is located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in the Bowen Park complex. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students. For ticket information, call (224) 419-4519 or Neal at (708) 528-3887.

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