My sincere hope is that, having watched that, you’ll never listen to the national anthem the same way again.
“A bittersweet slice of self-discovery, a touching story of one man’s connection with the meaning of American identity, a sense of belonging and history and possibility that hits home with a rush of overwhelming emotion.” — Sean Axmaker, Fandor
ANTHEM was commissioned by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Centerstage in Baltimore: the theater that, growing up in Charm City, was everything to me. I’m grateful to Kwame and to Gavin Witt and Susanna Gellert, too, for inviting me to participate. And I’m also incredibly pleased with what Hal Hartley (director) and Cody Nickell created; in fact, it’s safe to say that no actor has ever made manifest exactly what I imagined — only more so — than Cody.
If you’d like more information about the project, or care to explore any of the other 5o monologues, you can find everything you might like here. Look for a feature-length version of My America coming down the road, too: an event for which I can hardly wait!