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To millions of fans around the world, Emmy-nominated actor & internationally renowned superstar Billy Dee Williams is the epitome of the dashing leading man. From his trailblazing roles in “Lady Sings the Blues” and “Mahogany” to his indelible portrayal of roguish Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” trilogy, he has set the standard of class, style and romantic charm for an entire generation of African-American actors.
Now, Williams brings his exceptional talent and presence to the campus stage for a powerful one man tour-de-force performance on the amazing life of another legendary swashbuckler... author Alexandre Dumas. History best remembers Dumas as the author of such literary classics as “The Three Musketeers” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”, sweeping historical dramas about courageous men and women battling tyranny and injustice. What many people are unaware of, however, is that he was also a person of color: his paternal grandmother, Louise Dumas, was a black woman from Santa Domingo. This is just one of the many fascinating aspects that Williams explores as he brings Dumas, his work and his legacy to life on stage.
Through dramatic readings and theatrical recreations, Williams electrifies the stage with the characters and heroism that have made Dumas' writing so enduring as well as the real-life struggles and passions that earned Dumas the unofficial title "King of Paris." Along the way, Williams also shares many personal insights into his own hurdles and triumphs. The result is an eye-opening and memorable portrait of one of Black History's most colorful and accomplished personalities ... as well as a one-of-a-kind evening with a Hollywood legend.