The Dialogue on Race and the Lyric Theatre to present film “Nothing But a Man”

Dr. Wornie Reed is a professor of sociology and Africana studies and director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech University.

The Dialogue on Race and the Lyric Theatre will present an exclusive run of “Nothing But a Man,” a 1964 independent film Dr. Wornie Reed had called “the best movie about black life ever made” from Friday, July 31, through Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Show times for the movie are 7:30 p.m. on Friday with admission $7 and $6 for members, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with the same admission charge, 3:00 p.m. on Sunday with admission $6 and $5 for members, 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday with admission $6 and $5, and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday with admission $6 and $5.

Tickets are available on line and at the door, but because of social distancing requirements, seat choice may be limited.

The Sunday showing will be followed by a special program of reflection and dialogue about Black life in America. Leading the conversation titled Lessons from the Film for 2020 will be Dr. Wornie Reed, winner of two regional television Emmys, and Dr. Onwubiko Agozino, director and producer of “Shouters and the Control Freak Empire,” the winner of the award for best international short documentary at the Columbia Gorge Film Festival in 2011.

Dr. Onwubiko Agozino is a professor of sociology and Africana studies at Virginia Tech. A prolific author and producer-director, his 2011 documentary “Shouters and the Control Freak Empire” won an Emmy.

Dr. Reed and Dr. Agozino are professors of sociology and Africana studies at Virginia Tech.

The Lyric Theatre will require all those who attend to wear face masks and practice social distancing, which will be ensured by the assigning of seats. Patrons may remove their masks to enjoy their concessions once they are safely seated in the auditorium.

Admission will be limited to 25% of capacity. A minimum of six feet of separation between persons will be carefully maintained in the lobby as well as in the auditorium. All staff and volunteers will wear masks and gloves and have their temperatures taken before the beginning of their shifts.

All frequently touched surfaces will be regularly sanitized, and hand sanitizer will be readily available for both staff and patrons. Traffic flow measures will be implemented to avoid close personal contact.

The Tuesday evening showing will be reserved for high-risk individuals only.

Only three patrons will be allowed in the restrooms at a time. This includes those individuals in stalls.



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