The Seat Next to the King
JUNE 12-16, 2019
Sexuality, race, politics, hope…
A Minmar Gaslight production presented by Green Light Arts
In 1964, a white man walks into a public restroom in a Washington, DC park looking for sex. The next man who enters is a black man. The Seat Next to the King is a fictional exploration of two very real men who sat next to some of the most powerful men in America. Bayard Rustin, a friend to Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizer of the March on Washington, and Walter Jenkins, top aide and friend to President Lyndon Johnson.
The Seat Next to the King was first produced in the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival to high critical acclaim and subsequently remounted at the Theatre Centre in Sept 2017.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
Reviews / Podcasts
NOW Magazine, September 22, 2017
The Seat Next To The King mixes race, politics and forbidden sexuality. Steven Elliott Jackson’s period two-hander features performances and direction that deserve serious acclaim
Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter, September 22, 2017
A cracking terrific play that delves into sexual politics at a time when it was dangerous to even talk about them. The production lives up to the play in every way.
Mooney on Theatre, September 11, 2017
Upon watching it, I realized the win was for good reason. I was both literally and figuratively on the edge of my seat for the whole show.
MyGayToronto.com, September 23, 2017
The Seat Next to the King: gay interracial sex is more powerful than fear
lifewithmorecowbell.com, July 9, 2017
Two men reach out for each other in times of division & change in the intimate, tender, layered The Seat Next to the King
Stageworthy Podcast, June 13, 2017
Steven Elliott Jackson and Tanisha Taitt
Written by STEVEN ELLIOTT JACKSON
Directed by TANISHA TAITT
Performed by KWAKU OKYERE and CONOR LING
Lighting Design by BRANDON GONCALVES
Stage Management by TARA MOHAN
HH180 Studio Theatre
(Hagey Hall Building)
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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Accessible Parking can be found in between the Library and the ML Building ($5 coin entry). This area can be accessed off the ring road.
Grand River Transit
Bus Routes 7, 8, 12, and iXpress
Cash fare: $3.25
Tickets: 5 tickets for $13.80