Statehood No Other Way (NOW) Foundation

Statehood – No Other Way!

Come Celebrate Dick Gregory With Us… at “TURN ME LOOSE” at Arena Stage on Friday, October 12, 2018


The Statehood No Other Way (NOW) Foundation,
in association with the Gregory Family,
cordially invites you to a celebration of the life of
on the anniversary of his 86th birthday.

Purchase Your Tickets to “TURN ME LOOSE” & the Champagne Reception on Friday, October 12th.



“Scorchingly Funny and Brilliant. Takes Your Breath Away.” 
—The New York Times


Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the life of this Civil Rights leader with family and friends at a Champagne Reception in the Grand Foyer at Arena Stage immediately following this amazing play.


Friday, October 12, 2018 

We have purchased a block of tickets in the Orchestra Section
at Arena Stage for this performance. Seating is limited, so purchase
your tickets today. Following the show, we will also mark the occasion of
Dick Gregory’s 86th birthday with a special cake and Champagne Reception.

Tickets for the play and reception are $100. 

Please join us at this historic event to celebrate the life of Dick Gregory 
who was a strong advocate for DC statehood. Proceeds from this event 
will benefit the Statehood No Other Way (NOW) Foundation. 
Tickets to this event are not tax-deductible. 

arena stage

This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one – including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience.

In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance.

TURN ME LOOSE, starring Edwin Lee Gibson, is an exuberant
and raw tribute to Gregory’s life as a civil rights activist, comic genius
and unapologetic provocateur.

Playwright – Gretchen Law | Director – John Gould Rubin
In association with John Legend and The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation


  • Where

    The Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage
    1101 – 6th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • When

    Friday, October 12, 2018
    8:00 PM EDT
  • Get in Touch

    U.S. Senator Michael D. Brown

Questions?  Contact us at or (202) 330-3519.

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You may send a check or money order, made out to the Statehood NOW Foundation, to 4501 Western Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, if you so choose. For more information, please call U.S. Senator Michael D. Brown at (202) 330-3519.

Statehood No Other Way (NOW) Foundation

The Statehood NOW Foundation is a nonprofit organization creating a nationwide campaign to get the word out about the disenfranchisement of the citizens of our nation’s capital. It’s the start  of a new movement to finally fulfill the promise of democracy for the residents of Washington, DC by making DC the 51st state of the Union.

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