‘Dr. King’s Dream’ comes to Fergus FallsPublished 11:11am Friday, January 25, 2013
The message continues on for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Tuesday, Mixed Blood’s production of “Dr. King’s Dream” will be performed at 10 a.m. in Legacy Hall of M. State in Fergus Falls.
Warren C. Bowles, he plays Dr. King in the one man performance, has been in the role since 1980. He has been a member of the Mixed Blood company since 1977.
“Mixed Blood did a full production of ‘Dr. King’s Dream’ but decided to pare it down to a one man show,” Bowels said.
Bowles said it is an honor and a joy to portray the Civil Rights icon, but what keeps brining him back to the performance is the changing tides in society.
“Watching the audience change over the years has kept me going,” Bowles said. “For instance, there are some teachers out there today who were not born when Dr. King died. A lot were not even born when he was alive.”
Bowles said King’s message of non-violence is less known by some of the kids today. He said he feels a sense of King’s messages have diminished, and that is another reason that keeps him going; to keep the messages in the public eye.
“We’ve done the performance in Fergus Falls before,” Bowles added. “We’ve done it at the college and the high school. We look forward to the performance.”
Bowles accomplishments include having Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak declared “Warren C. Bowles Day” in 2004, received a McKnight Fellowship for Theatre Artists in 2005 and he was recently named a “Local Legend” by General Mills at it’s 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast.