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McCarl Coverlet Gallery to Present Virtual Play April 16

McCarl Coverlet Gallery to Present Virtual Play April 16

by Public Relations | April 08, 2021


LATROBE, PA – The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will present the virtual play "Godfather of the Spoken Word Movement in America," starring acclaimed poet, actress and storyteller Oni Lasana, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 16. 

The unique historical and highly theatrical sto’try (poetic storytelling) is an uplifting educational and entertaining experience. It features the southern dialect spoken word poetry of the iconic poet and author Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).

“Godfather of the Spoken Word Movement” is set in the 1800s on a plantation in Cross, South Carolina, the hometown of Lasana’s paternal grandmother. Lasana plays the character of Lias’ mother, who reveals the personal, heartfelt experiences of an enslaved woman living on a southern plantation in America. Elias, affectionately called “Lias” by his mother, is a fictional character mentioned in Dunbar’s most beloved and recited poem, “In the Morning.”

Throughout the performance, Lasana brings Dunbar’s African American dialect poetry of joy and sorrow to life.

Registration for the free event is available online at

For more information, contact Lauren Churilla, curator of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, at  


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