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Hey hey, who needs a name? Well, the Machine does, for one thing, but also, how about this guy?

The press release says his name is Murphy. So… that would be Officer Murphy? He’s wearing a uniform to do what looks like his usual job, so I’m thinking yes. And we really need either a first name or a title (OR BOTH!), because, well, tumblr is a pain. How many millions of Murphys will I find if there’s just the one name to search?

Take a look at the lovely actor who played the role, John Douglas Thompson.

He’s won an Obie! (Off-Broadway Theatre Award)  He was born in England to Jamaican parents, he grew up in Montreal, and he worked as a traveling salesman in New England.

And then he decided to try acting! And he’s done pretty well!

So… Officer Murphy, yes? Hi, Officer Murphy! Hail, Officer Murphy, the man who gave the Machine a belief system! (And then she forgot it, but she remembered it again, so that all worked out.)

A ticket stub from Langston Hughes reading at 92Y in 1942!  

We celebrate Langston on Feb 23 with the premiere of Young Man Langston, a dramatic reading from the letters of Langston Hughes with two of New York’s finest stage actors —Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson. There are discounted tickets for those 35 and under.

Check out the Poetry Center Online for more archival works from Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y.