Writer, Director, and Actor of 1800 vs 2020, Richard Gallion is not a stranger to the set or stage. Richard has been in several TV shows, and movies from Chicago PD, Love Me or Leave Me Black Coffee, Nothing Like Thanksgiving, and more. In 2020 RGE released, what is now the highly requested and sought out stage play, 1800 vs 2020.
1800 vs 2020 is the reenactment of the slaves 1800, talking to the people of 2020. What if the slaves from the 1800s were to talk to the people today in 2020? How Would that conversation go? Is it that slaves from the 1800s were physically enslaved, while people from 2020 are mentally enslaved? How different are we in 2020? Or did the years only change? I would like to think this would be one of the most interesting, thought-provoking productions anyone has seen or written in a while.
Please tell our readers about 1800 vs 2020 and how it came about?
It’s basically a conversation that happens between the people from today and our ancestors in the 1800s. It came about when I was working on my “What if” series and that’s the question I asked myself. What if the slaves from the 1800s were to talk to the people today in 2020? How Would that conversation go? I would like to think this would be one of the most interesting, thought-provoking productions anyone has seen or written in a while. Is it that slaves from the 1800s were physically enslaved, while people from 2020 are mentally enslaved? How different are we in 2020? Or did the years only change? I will admit that this is a must-see, educational, thought-provoking show that I believe will start a conversation that will help a lost and divided world.
Who are some of the casts?
Richard Gallion from Empire, Chicago PD, Shameless, Transformers 4, and many more films. Eric Epps from Chicago Med. Lynette Shakespeare from Chicago PD, former light heavyweight champion of the world Montel Griffin, DeMorris and Demitrius Burrows, Kayla Reed, Quinn Nehr, and more.
When can we view the stage play?
The stage play “1800vs2020” can be seen live on April 9th at 7 pm and April 10th at 4 pm in Chicago IL, 11401 s. Vincennes Ave. You can also stream it on my website www.richardgallion.com/stream
What’s the feeling like to see actors act out the script you wrote?
It’s beyond amazing and I don’t take it for granted. It’s always a blessing to a blessing to see a script come to life.
What are some must-have items you need when you begin to write a script?
Water, fruits, information on whatever it is I’m writing, and a very quiet atmosphere.
What impact do you want to make through this particular stage production?
I want people to understand how far we’ve grown in so many ways but yet still enslaved other ways. People will see that slavery went from physical to mental and the physical aspect that still exists is not about your race anymore, but about gender and age. The new word for slavery is Human trafficking.
What advice would you have for those that aspire to pursue your career path?
Chase your passion and don’t let others push their fears or failures on you. The way you know it’s your passion because if money wasn’t an issue what would you be doing every day for the rest of your life?
What else can we be on the lookout for?
I’m still working on my TV series “Desperate” which can be seen on Amazon Prime as well as my YouTube channel. October of 2022 I’m running my live show “I Cancer-vive”. In December of 2022, my youth department will be producing a show. And in February of 2023, I’ll be running my newest show “1400vs1800” where I’m going to take everyone on a journey back t`o Africa when we were Kings and Queens. I’m also writing “1800vs2020 reversed where whites will be oppressed, and blacks are the oppressors. I also plan to film “1800vs2020” the movie really soon.
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