this is the house hustle made born blessings due 101 in the shade rough rider striding through life behind the veil imperial no fade the light in the house hustle made instructed by the bones bottom of the ocean on … Continue reading
“The average child can tell you more about his favorite artist than he can his own family. The everyday adult knows how to talk at children but spends little time talking to them as equal humans with viable information about themselves and their environment to offer. We are alone, traveling together on a blue ball spinning in space, more connected than ever before, and yet we are alone, isolated in our individual stories of self…” Continue reading
riding with spider woman and twin war Godz born into a state of war divined to be she who remembers shield carrier spear chucker hard to duck her up right in storm moving forward like water persistently efficient … Continue reading
there are things I can never do i do not take certain things for granted no rose garden only grey tinted glasses blessed with memory too many people afraid to remember least the scars come open pus all over the … Continue reading
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I am often asked why August Wilson? Why did I decide to direct the American Century Cycle? I am producing the America’s greatest playwright’s seminal work in its entirety. I will be the first director to do so in chronological … Continue reading
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Tagged #black theater, art as medicine, august wilson, ayodele wordslanger nzinga, BAM, complex trauma, Fences, gem of the ocean, gentrification, joe turner has come and gone, Ma Rainey, North American African Perspective, Seven Guitars, The Century Cycle, the ground on which I stand, the lower bottom playaz, theater, warrior art, West Oakland, work in progress
FENCES: Art Without Borders–Wilson the Universalist The Lower Bottom Playaz, the oldest North American African theater troupe in Oakland CA is presenting FENCES as a part of its commitment to August Wilson’s Century Cycle. FENCES is perhaps the most familiar … Continue reading
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Tagged African American, august wilson, ayodele wordslanger nzinga, blk arts, Fences, hill district, lower bottom playaz, North American African Theater, Pittsburgh, Romare Bearden, short essay, The Century Cycle, the ground on which I stand, warrior art, West Oakland CA
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Wilson meets us where we live in all our drama and turmoil amidst the mundane backdrop of one day following another despite the brutality of the previous one. Continue reading
I know my role. I am an interlocutor .
I am a craftsperson, an artisan. I create. My tools are word and story. I am an interrogator I listen. I speak. I question. I hold our place in conversation. It is my gift, my task, my purpose in this awareness. Continue reading