The Meeting

What if two of the most powerful — and polarizing — leaders of the black civil rights movements met and found they had more in common than anybody ever thought? That’s the premise in Jeff Stetson’s stage play The Meeting. Martin Luther King Jr., a pacifist and Baptist minister, and Malcolm X, a radical leader of the Nation of -Islam, seemed to be on opposite ends of the political spectrum. King worked to end racial segregation while X espoused black supremacy. But as time passed, the two men moved closer together in terms of both goals and methodology. While they crossed paths only once while alive, there were plans for the pair to meet. That encounter never happened, because of the 1965 assassination of Malcom X by members of his own group.

Actor Jason Carmichael plays King in The Meeting. He says that while the plot is steeped in history, The Meeting is not a history lesson. “This is about two very real men. There are some elements that are fiction, yes, but the story reflects the truth. They seemed to have started off very far apart, but [at the time of The Meeting], they were moving closer together. We’ll never know what would have happened if the two met, but [The Meeting] gives us a good idea of what could have happened.” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through February 23. The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main. For information, call 713-520-0055 or visit ensemblehouston.com. $26 to $44.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 30. Continues through Feb. 23, 2014

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