Westport Center for the Arts Presents “The Meeting” at the Black Archives

Westport Center of the Arts will present "The Meeting," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, 1722 E. 17th Terrace.

Kansas City actors Walter Coppage and Tosin Morohunfola adopt the roles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in an imagined meeting of the two civil rights leaders. Set shortly before Malcolm X’s assassination, the two men discuss and debate their respective approaches in the civil rights movement.

"The Meeting" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York. Walter Coppage has performed major roles in many Kansas City theatres. He’s also appeared in numerous national radio and television commercials, and has served for a number of years as the spokesperson for Children International. Walter is very active in the growing Kansas City film industry, performing in a number of feature films, TV movies, independent films and industrials. His most recent roles include Bob Crachitt in “A Christmas Carol” at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” at the Steppenwolfe Theatre in Chicago. Tosin Morohunfola is the co-founder and former artistic director of the Multicultural Theatre Initiative. As an actor, he has performed roles at the Unicorn, Creede Repertory Theater in Creede Colorado, and the Coterie. He is a member of Those People and Stitchtactics Improv and has starred in the short films “As a Puzzle,” “Alpha Bravo Charlie,” and “A. Masterson.”

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.