Saturday, August 23, 2014

New Play ... Reading at Harlem's National Black Theatre 8/25/14

Yes, I've been a bit under a rock, but things are coming together for a brand new play I'm writing. I count myself fortunate to have some AMAZING TALENT collaborating with me on this one.

the play is tentatively called THIS APP IS NOT THE BUSINESS. And I'm excited to see how it's gonna grow.

Here's the deets:

Keep Soul Alive Mondays- Reading Series 
The National Black Theatre
2031-33 National Black Theatre Way 
(Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126) 
New York, NY 10035 
$10 Suggested Donation
7:30 PM

Playwright: Derek McPhatter 
Director: Christopher Burris

Bridgit Antoinette Evans 
Shelese Franklin 
Kim Rios Lin 
Clinton Lowe 

About the show
Our community’s favorite loan officer just wants to do the right thing, but between the evil forces of gentrification, the get-rich-quick schemes of her clients, and a cutthroat corporate culture, the ‘right thing’ might be more than she bargained for.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

JULY: you really socked it to me!!!

July has been an awesome month for the most part. I can’t believe its over.

Let’s get into the shows first:

I got to reconnect with an old friend from high school days in Pickerington (Yes, Pickerington):  Whitney Lee.  She’s part of Mutual Benefit, a chamber folk band that was in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival.  It was great to reconnect with her and finally see some of her music live!  I was quite impressed.

Me and Whitney!
Whitney and Bandleader/Brother  Jordan Lee and Co.  MUTUAL BENEFIT

I also continued to take in Chicago’s rich theater scene.  Highlights include:

Contestants: Macho Ma'am Kandy Savage and CHI-quita Flores

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers is a raucous, ridiculous, unforgettable experience.  The antics of the contestant/performers bring the show to life – like Drinkerbell’s inebriated stage-rushing and 2nd-to-Nun’s riffs on Catholic rituals, but the insanity of their fans/posses really sets the show apart from other kinds of theater experiences.  It’s loud, profane, closer to arena-behavior than a conventional theater show and I LOVED IT!

Other highlights:

Victory Garden Theater’s staged reading presentation of Ike Holter’s new hipster play – SENDER as part of their Ignition Festival. Some very compelling and envelope-pushing dance performance,  Post-modern Afro-Latinidad, curated by Baraka de Soleil at Columbia College’s Dance Center for the Afro-Latin Summer Dance Intensive, a panel discussion on House Music, featuring Shaun J. Wright, Micah Salkind and others, and I took in some exciting performance art work – both at the 3rd anniversary of Salonathon and the second installment of Rashayla Marie Brown’s The Unholy Trinity of Me, Myself and I. 

So wow. Such a vibrant cultural scene here, indeed!  And it’s kept my juices flowing as I work on my own material. But more on that later.