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KU Welcomes Hollywood Star to the Stage

Updated Feb. 28, 2012

 

UPDATE: GHOSTBUSTER HUDSON SIDELINED WITH HEALTH ISSUE - "24" STAR TONY TODD TAKES OVER, AS JACK JOHNSON IN "GHOST IN THE HOUSE" AT KU ON 3/8.

 

 

Feb. 20, 2012Ernie Hudson

KUTZTOWN- Acclaimed movie star and star of the stage, Ernie Hudson, best known for his role in Ghostbuster's I and II, comes to Kutztown University to present "Ghost in the House," a play about America's first African-American Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson. The show is on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. held in the McFarland Student Union (MSU) building.

"Ghost in the House" portrays the last few years of the life of Jack Johnson. The story of Jack Johnson deals with sports and racism in the early 1900s. After Johnson beat the world heavyweight champion (Tommy Burns) in 1908, white people called for a "Great White Hope," a white boxer that could beat Johnson. Johnson's victory helped black athletes gain entrance into sports and change perceptions of black people. Johnson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, and is on the roster of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. His story is a lesson about racism, culture and overcoming adversity.

Ernie Hudson as Jack Johnson reminisces about the hardships and the issues he dealt with during his boxing career.  Hudson got the idea when he was performing on Broadway in the "Great White Hope."  Hudson has been featured in more than 170 roles on stage, television and film including HBO's Oz, Desperate Housewives, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Congo and The Crow.

There will be a reception for premium ticket holders and sponsors honoring Hudson and producer Frank Megna after the event. Additionally, Hudson will have a "talk back" to the audience at the conclusion of the performance. 

For "Ghost in the House" show bookings, additional information or information about other shows, please contact Dr. James Ogden at 610-434-6252 or docogden@ptd.net

Tickets are available for $45 for regular seats and $150 for premium seats which include a reception with Hudson and Megna.

This event is sponsored by Kutztown University's Multicultural Center and The Center for Retailing Solutions.