Actor Joe Morton portrays Activist-Comedian Dick Gregory in off-Broadway play ‘Turn Me Loose’

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HELL'S KITCHEN, Manhattan — Celebrities from Jennifer Hudson to Nick Cannon attended the debut of the off-Broadway play "Turn Me Loose" Thursday evening.

The play focuses on the legendary activism and comedy of Dick Gregory.

“In the English language there is no way you can describe tonight, there’s no way,” Gregory told PIX 11 News.

Singer John Legend, who produced "Turn Me Loose," reflected about Gregory’s work.

“I’ve always looked at being an artist and being an activist as something that goes hand in hand to me. And so he was one of one of the people who did that," Legend said.

The star of the play is Joe Morton, known for his role on the ABC show "Scandal." Morton spoke about Gregory’s work during the civil rights movement.

"Just at the moment that he becomes a star he also meets Medgar Evers and I think that begins to change his life," Morton said.

"Turn Me Loose" is currently showing at Manhattan’s Westside Theatre.

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