As part of Black History Month, the White House will host a screening of Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful.
Officials announced Thursday that first lady Michelle Obamawill host the special event on Monday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. ET, in the Eisenhower Office Building’s South Court Auditorium. The Eisenhower Office Building adjoins the White House’s West Wing and provides office space for most of the executive mansion’s staff.
Obama will deliver personal remarks at the screening of the TV adaptation of the Broadway revival of Horton Foote‘s play.
The Trip to Bountiful, which premieres Saturday, March 8, on the cabler, is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South. The Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards, winning best actress in a play for Cicely Tyson. Tyson also appears in the TV adaptation.
Michael Wilson, who directed the play and the film, will be in attendance, along with Tyson and castmembers Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer.
The event, which will be open to press, will be live-streamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov//live.
President Barack Obama hosted a screening of George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men on Feb. 18.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER