Young Actor Takes 'Mainstage' In White Plains Performance

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Najee Gabay-Knight graduated from White Plains High School in 2011. Photo Credit: White Plains Performing Arts Center

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains student Najee Gabay-Knight performs in his first mainstage show at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in “The Color Purple” opening this weekend.

Gabay-Knight graduated from White Plains High School in 2011 and attends Westchester Community College.

He was part of the WPPAC Conservatory Theatre, a training and presentation program for students ages 8 to 18 and adults. He performed in its productions of “Pippin,” “Rocky Horror Show,” “Sweet Charity” and “Aida.”

Now, he joins a mainstage cast in “The Color Purple,” a Tony Award-winning musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.

"It's a story about becoming who you are, about believing in yourself and about defying the obstacles that are placed in your path,” Jeremy Quinn, producing artistic director of WPPAC and director of this production, said in a press release. “Inspirational and exhilarating, vibrant and enthralling; the show changes lives and we are thrilled to be the NY Regional Premiere of this exceptional literary masterpiece."

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online, in person at the box office in the City Center at 11 City Place, or by calling 914-328-1600.

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