GULFPORT, FLORIDA: A special performance of the one-man show, “Keith Haring: Radiant Child” will be staged in Gulfport on Thursday, June 29th at the Catherine Hickman Theater (5501 27th Avenue South) at 7:30 p.m. Actor Chad Jacobs portrays famed gay artist Keith Haring. A special twist will be Jacobs creating some of Haring’s iconic artwork live throughout the performance. With plenty of humor and with lots of heart, the play will inspire you to share your gifts wherever you can, whatever they may be. The play is directed by Christopher Rutherford and was written by Jeff Norton.
The hour-long play will offer a taste of what shaped the history and style of Haring’s work, but playwright Jeff Norton delves even further, giving thoughtful insight into the motivations and the creative process of one of America’s most prolific and financially successful painters.
Tickets are $20 in advance per person for general admission (with doors opening at 7 p.m.). A limited number of special Early Access tickets are available at $25 per person, including entry to the theater one hour early at 6 p.m., an hors d’oeuvre reception and preferred seating. A cash bar offering premium wines, as well as beer and other beverages will be offered to all. Tickets are available at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South), Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Boulevard), Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Boulevard South) and Metro LGBTQ Health and Community Center (3251 3rd Avenue North in St. Petersburg). Early Access tickets are available exclusively at the Library. Only cash or checks can be accepted for ticket purchases. The show is presented by the Gulfport Public Library’s LGBTQ Resource Center. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Center, as well as HIV/AIDS programs at Metropolitan Charities of Pinellas.
Chad Jacobs (Keith Haring) is an actor and illustrator living in St. Petersburg. He currently works for Feld Entertainment and has performed with Studio Shakespeare in a number of plays.
Christopher Rutherford (Director) is an actor, director, stage manager and technician who has worked with many of Tampa Bay’s professional theatre companies. Rutherford himself portrayed Keith Haring in “Radiant Child” in 2012 at freeFall Theatre.
Jeff Norton (Writer) was a dedicated theatre artist and educator who dazzled Florida audiences for decades with his comedic ability, his physical prowess and his lofty imagination. His performances were always heralded and his talents seemed endless. Sadly, Norton was murdered in 2010, but Theatre Tampa Bay continues to honor his legacy through grants for up and coming artists. There is also a scholarship in his name for graduating theatre students at the high school where he worked. Norton performed the premiere production of “Keith Haring: Radiant Child” in 1992 at The Tampa Museum of Art.
The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library was established in 2015 to provide specialized library collections and programs to the LGBTQ community. It is the first center of its kind in a public library setting in Florida. The Center is a project of the non-profit Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library. For more information about “Radiant Child,” contact Susan Gore (727-954-8431; email@example.com). For more information about the Resource Center, contact the Library at 727-893-1074 or visit the Library’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.