On Monday afternoon, about 200 people attended a lively presentation at the Benton Convention Center announcing details of this year’s National Black Theatre Festival. In keeping with festival tradition, the event was also a tribute to founder Larry Leon Hamlin, who died in 2007. His signature color, purple, was prominently on display, both in the decor and in the clothing of many of the attendees, and his catchphrase “marvtastic” was used several times during the hour-long event.

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