February 4 - 7, 2021
at Waco Civic Theatre
AN ADAM EXPERIMENT
A One - Man Play on the Life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
An Adam Experiment is a one man play that explores a day in the life of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a pioneering crusader for justice during the Civil Rights movement. This play touches on Adam’s fight for equality for African Americans as well as his controversial personal life.
Federal Building: Detroit, Michigan
Hotel Room: Detroit, Michigan
Hotel Room: Detroit, Michigan
*After the performance, audience members will have a chance to participate in a “Talk Back” with Mr. Chenevert and discuss the play as well as its parallels with social justice issues facing our society today.
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Written and Performed by Michael Chenevert
Produced by L.A.I. Communications
Sponsored by TFNB: Your Back for Life and Creative Waco
ABOUT ADAM CLAYTON POWELL, JR.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was a Baptist Minister at the famed Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Harlem, New York, from 1945 to 1971. Mr. Powell was the first individual of African American descent from the State of New York elected to Congress. By 1961, Mr. Powell was appointed to the powerful position of Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee and was one of the influential voices in the passing of significant social and civil rights legislation under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Specifically, “An Adam Experiment” takes this political backdrop and creatively delves into Mr. Powell’s life where he is dealing with an angry country due to integration as well as with personal challenges with his marriage to Hazel Scott.
ABOUT MICHEAL CHENEVERT
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Michael Chenevert is a well-trained and multifaceted actor who works on Stage, TV, and Film. He studied at the University of Detroit Mercy where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chenevert has worked at the New Federal Theatre, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Take Wing and Soar, The National Black Theater, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Cincinnati Playhouse, and The Public Theater. His film credits include: Syrup, Soul Mates, The Tombs, Eugenia and John, Soil and the Breathing Room. Mr. Chenevert’s TV credits include: The Following, Boardwalk Empire, Ugly Betty, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Law and Order, Final Appeal, and The Godfather of Harlem.
ABOUT L.A.I. COMMUNICATIONS
Lindsey & Associates International Communications or “L.A.I. Communications” is an award-winning full service boutique marketing and communications agency as well as a Film, TV and theater producer that is “dedicated to delivering EMPOWERING communications.” Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio by William O. Lindsey, L.A.I. Communications is a family company with teams in Ohio, New York, California and Texas. Since 2006, L.A.I. Communications has been serving as “the bridge between business and humanitarianism” by delivering authentic and empowering campaigns, events, as well as entertainment properties for its clients that consistently exceeding their expectations. Past and current clients include The Kroger Company, the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, thrive causemetics, Verizon Wireless, Bishop T.D. Jakes International Faith and Family Film Festival at MegeFest, CURLS, LLC., Nepperhan Community Center, Nassau Medical Center’s Institute for Health Disparities, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Blue Cross * Blue Shield, American Diabetes Association, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Diversity in Cannes, and the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival. For more company information, visit www.laicommunications.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“An Adam Experiment” wants to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organizations for their amazing support of this production:
-Eric Shepard, Rachel Woods and the entire Waco Civic Theatre Family
-David Littlewood, Jason Lavender and the Team at TFNB: Your Bank for Life
-Fiona Bond and the AMP Grant Board of Creative Waco
-G.B. Lindsey Family Charitable Fund and William O. Lindsey
-L.A.I. Communications Team: Dr. Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Vichelle Jones, Kathleen Delva, Jesse Byerly, Cody Nethery, Sidney Warren, Amber Chenevert-Lindsey, and Rusdyn C. Lindsey.
*This performance is in honor of the memory of Gloria J. Lindsey.
The Waco Family & Faith Theater Festival is supported by an AMP grant from Creative Waco.