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Millie D’s Bar & Grill comes to Penn State York January 18

1/6/2006 —

What happens when a white family stumbles into an African American owned eating establishment in Pennsylvania during the segregated 1950s? A presentation of Millie D’s Bar & Grill will answer the question with both passion and humor at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Penn State York's new Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. The production takes to the stage as part of Penn State York's weeklong observances in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The performance is free and open to the public - no tickets required.

Millie D’s Bar & Grill was written by Dr. Dorothy E. King, a York native and an adjunct faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg. King is the founder and director of PenOwl Productions, a multicultural theatre company that celebrates diversity through the arts. Featured in the show will be Cassandra Taylor, David Payne, Joy Hymon, and Leonard Washington, members of the ensemble.

Millie D’s (or guess who’s coming to "diner"), set in a roadside restaurant on the Lincoln Highway outside York, explores what happens when a white family accidentally visits a black-owned eating establishment. Tension flares and emotions rise as individuals attempt to deal with distorted beliefs and stereotypes.

The play is infused with humorous moments and the children of those most prejudiced forge a friendship and give their parents a lesson they will not forget.

A playwright, performance poet, and author of eleven short plays, King is also the author of ten full-length dramas, some with music. A graduate of York High, she holds degrees from Temple University and New York University. In 1982, she received an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

This performance of Millie D's is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee with support from the campus Student Activity Fee. A reception with King will take place following the performance.

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