Bill Martin brings to life “The Porgy and Bess World Opera Tour, 1952-1956: Defeating segregation in America and the Cold War in Russia” at 7 p.m. March 13 in San Juan College’s Little Theatre, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington.
The Robert Breen production of “The Porgy and Bess Folk Opera” was a surprising force in desegregation theaters, hotels and public accommodations in America in the 1950s. Director and co-producer Breen fought relentlessly to ensure that the public establishments treated his cast of 60 African-Americans with dignity and respect.
Martin is a magician, escapologist and retired Naval aviator. He has been a Golden Glove boxer, carnival wrestler, tractor mechanic and nightclub entertainer. He has performed Houdini’s famous milk can escape on national television.
The Chautauqua performances are free and funded by the San Juan College Foundation, and presented by the San Juan College Encore Program and KSJE 90.9 FM.
For more information, contact the San Juan College Box Office at (505) 566-3430.