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Hustle

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) proudly presents a return engagement of their production of Hustle, written and directed by Keith C. Wade to continue its celebration of its Sankofa 40th Anniversary. The play stars: Andre’ L. Gainey, Lorenzo Johnson, Jesus C. Mitchell, Keith C. Wade, Njie Sabik, Herman McGloun, Jamil Malik and Charita Joseph.                                                                           

Hustle is a theatrical play that speaks to the hearts of men of color. Wade’s play, Hustle creates a bond between African-American, Latin–American and men of the Caribbean formulating a love and understanding for basketball and the struggle of being a minority in America. Hustle fuses these two concepts into an inspirational, funny, cutting edge, and touching commentary on life as a man of color, and how the game of basketball provides a venue for a catharsis, growth and understanding. Hustle follows the story of four men that are drawn to their neighborhood basketball court. The court acts as their vestibule to share their fears, frustrations, anger and dreams while playing a game to give their lives balance. Hustle targets young men of color between the ages of 18 to 40. It speaks to their hopelessness, to their feelings of powerlessness, and hopefully provides a recognition. The play will create an understanding of a shared pain that men don’t often get to express. At the same time it aims to create a window into the souls of men so that all races and genders can see and understand. Hustle is a cultural and generational fusion of life, theatre and the love of basketball.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) is celebrating their 40th anniversary Sankofa Celebration. Since opening in 1975, the Center has had a major impact on the people and community it has been honored to serve. In the Center’s inauguration year, it was known as the Model City Cultural Arts Center. Its name was changed in 1990 to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center and recently within the last three years, the Center was placed under the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, wherein it is now rising to stellar heights.

Hustle will run for (1) One Weekend Only for three shows Friday, September 11 2015 -  7:30 pm  $20; Saturday, September 12 – 7:30 pm $25 and Sunday, September 13 – 4 pm $20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami-Dade, Florida. SPECIAL Florida Memorial University performance on Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:30 pm. Discount Rates for Groups of 10 or more beginning at $15 per person. To RSVP your seats call: (305) 638-6771 or (305) 503-6171 (Leave A Message); Purchase tickets online at: www.aapact.com.  Send an email to: hartheo@miamidade.gov. The box office opens an hour before show time and the house opens 15 minutes before show time. The running time for Hustle is (1) one hour and 40 minutes; There is a (ten) 10 minute intermission.  

The play contains language that is inappropriate to young audiences. The play Hustle contains some material that may be unsuitable for children under 14 years old.  Parental accompaniment is recommended.