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Best-selling Author Alum Jason Reynolds '00: Opening Night Performance at Kennedy Center for his work Long Way Down
Posted 10/31/2018 02:07PM

Alum and bestselling author Jason Reynolds '00 with BMHS President/CEO Dr. Marco Clark '85, Mr. Chris Williams, Social Studies Teacher; and Ms. Beth Blaufuss, former BMHS Academic Dean and English Teacher.On October 27, 2018, BMHS faculty and staff met former student and New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds '00 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the opening night performance of his work Long Way Down. 

Pictured here: Alum and author Jason Reynolds '00 with BMHS President/CEO Dr. Marco Clark '85, Mr. Chris Williams, Social Studies Teacher; and Ms. Beth Blaufuss, former BMHS Academic Dean and English Teacher.

The playbill for this performance reads, "Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Fifteen-year-old Will's brother has just been shot, and Will is ready to follow "The Rules": 1) "No Crying." 2) "No Snitching." 3) "Get Revenge." But on the ride down, with his brother's gun in his pocket, his plan is interrupted by a few visitors.Jason Reynolds here with teacher, Mr. Shawn Dougherty and his daughter (and future alum) Grace.

D.C.-area native Jason Reynolds' New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production. Told entirely in free-form poetry, Long Way Down captures the potent minute Will contemplates retaliation. As mysterious guests appear at each floor, Will realizes there might be a bigger story to be told. He knows who he's after. Or does he?"

Pictured here with Jason Reynolds is BMHS teacher, Mr. Shawn Dougherty and his daughter (and future alum) Amelia.

Jason Reynolds '00 with fellow BMHS classmate Darrell Holloman '00 and BMHS student, Unforgettable Spirit Randell Duncan Memorial Scholarship Winner, Imani West '20The opening performance of this event occurred on the same day when hate led to horrific violence at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.  We are proud of BMHS alumnus Jason Reynolds '00 who brings hope by teaching young people to promote peace and validate diversity through his moving and inspirational literature.

Jason Reynolds '00 with fellow BMHS classmate Darrell Holloman '00 and BMHS student, Unforgettable Spirit Randell Duncan Memorial Scholarship Winner, Imani West '20.

 

Jason Reynolds '00 signs autograph for young fan from St. Thomas More SchoolJason Reynolds '00 signs autograph for young fan from St. Thomas More School

 

 


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