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Juneteenth Celebration

Tickets: FREE (tickets to show sold separately)

With The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center

On the Two River Plaza


A community celebration in partnership with the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center and others, featuring a dynamic presentation from Grammy-nominated poet, activist, and author Kevin Powell. This interactive talk and conversation will cover the history of Juneteenth, why it has re-emerged in the 21st century, and why the holiday is tied to larger conversations around opportunities for all Americans. In case of rain the event will be inside in the Marion Huber Theater.

Attendance for this pre-show event is FREE; August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean 3PM performance tickets sold separately.


Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America. He is a prolific writer and a GRAMMY-nominated poet; Kevin is a heavily sought after public speaker who has lectured in all 50 states and on five continents. A native son of Jersey City, New Jersey, the human and civil rights activist has been engaged with nearly every democratic movement of the latter 20th and early 21st centuries, either as a servant-leader, a behind-the-scenes advocate, or in a leadership position with fellow writers, artists, and change agents. In 2008 and 2010, Kevin ran for the United States Congress in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

As an author, Kevin has written 16 books, including Grocery Shopping with My Mother, his third volume of poetry; The Education of Kevin Powell, his critically-acclaimed autobiography, which is being adapted for the screen; and his most recent title, The Kevin Powell Reader, which collects over 30 years of Kevin’s literary output. Currently, he is working on a biography of the iconic rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, who he interviewed several times as a founding senior writer for Quincy Jones’ groundbreaking Vibe magazine. Kevin’s writings, ranging from interviews, celebrity features, social commentary, poems, and blogs, have been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostNew York Amsterdam NewsCNNNPRESPNEssenceEbonyRolling StoneEsquireHuffPostUtne ReaderThe GuardianPoliticoThe ProgressiveComplexBritish GQ, and other outlets.

As a truth-seeker, bridge-builder, hip-hop authority, and pop culture curator Kevin has been at the center of several watershed moments. He was a cast member on the very first season of MTV’s “The Real World,” which launched the reality tv genre. He produced, in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Brooklyn Museum, the very first history of hip-hop exhibit in America. In the worlds of film and theater, Kevin has directed, co-written, and co-produced his debut feature-length documentary, When We Free The World. Kevin is also creating a stage play that will be based on Grocery Shopping with My Mother, his moving collection of poems that he transformed into a musical project. That music project was GRAMMY-nominated in 2024 for Best Spoken Word Poetry Album.

A vegan, two-time New York City Marathon runner, bicyclist, skateboarder, student of yoga, avid hiker, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kevin is a proud and long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York, and happily married to Evangeline Lawson, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and his equal partner in every way.


More partners to come!

August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean Tickets

Featured Production Season Show

August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

JUN 8 – 30 / 2024

Audio Described

Audio Description is available for patrons with vision loss. Using a lightweight headset, with no wires or cables, that operates with a FM system, patrons can hear a live, objective and concise description of the action on stage.

Open Captioned

Open Captioning is available for patrons with hearing loss. This service is useful to those who may not fully benefit from the FM amplification system, or who need help catching particular words. A screen, which projects dialogue as the action occurs live on stage, is placed to the side of the stage.

Citizen Barlow is looking for peace. To get it, he’ll knock at Aunt Ester’s door every day if that’s what it takes. Set in 1904, the opening installment in August Wilson’s The American Century Cycle includes the playwright’s most fantastical journey, where the secrets of the past point towards future liberation.

August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Dates and tickets

Two River Theater
 12:00 PM

Limited Tickets