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Music: Robert D. Terrio
Book & Lyrics: Lee Phenner
A work of musical theater in development, A Pint of Understanding: The Professor, the Policeman and the President is an insightful and sardonic exploration of race, class, individual perspectives, and collective denial. And hope.
Arriving home after a long trip, Professor Chester Washington III, a renowned African American scholar, finds the door to his house jammed and his life’s work about to be put to the ultimate test. When Tim O’Connor, a white police sergeant, arrests him while investigating an alleged burglary at his home, two very different stories emerge. The U.S. president stages a meeting at the White House that launches the professor and the policeman on a profound, often satiric journey that forces them to confront what they stand for and explore the possibility of meaningful change in a nation that's often divided.