Thursday, June 13, 2019

Quote from Lanford Wilson's "Burn This"

Burton in Lanford Wilson's Burn This:
Make it as personal as you can. Believe me, you can't imagine a feeling everyone hasn't had. Make it personal, tell the truth, and then write 'Burn this' on it.  

Monday, April 22, 2019

Quote from Will Eno's "Thom Pain (based on nothing)"

Thom Pain in Thom Pain (based on nothing):
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? That's easy. You'd be brave and true and reckless. You would love life and people with wild and new abandon. If you only had a day. What if you only had forty years? What would you do? If you're like me, and - no offense, but - you probably are, you wouldn't do anything. It's sad, isn't it? 

Friday, April 19, 2019

My Quest to See August Wilson's American Century Cycle Continues

I've read August Wilson's 10 play American Century Cycle. However, I haven't seen them all. Several years ago at Signature, I was chitchatting with a fellow theatergoer (from Pittsburgh) who had seen the cycle and was even familiar with the Hill District where 9 of the 10 plays take place. After that conversation, I began a quest to: 

Read the cycle (I did it! Thanks, Julliard), 
Visit the Hill District (I did it! Thanks, Road Dawg),
And see the cycle (I'm working on it!). 

Lucky for me, several theaters have been mounting the cycle with Red Bank's Two River Theater even committing to mount all 10 plays.To cross another play off my list, I recently traveled down to Philly's Arden Theatre Company to see my 7th play of the cycle - Gem of the Ocean. And what can I say - Bravo to Zuhairah for literally bringing Aunt Ester to life before my admiring eyes and inviting me into 839 Wylie Ave. And then thank you for taking me on an uncomfortable painful journey on a slave ship (I honor every African who lost their life during the Middle Passage). 

What an evening...what a quest...

August Wilson's 10 Play American Century Cycle
1900s Gem of the Ocean*
1910s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
1920s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom*
1930s The Piano Lesson*
1940s Seven Guitars
1950s Fences*
1960s Two Trains Running*
1970s Jitney*
1980s King Hedley II*
1990s Radio Golf

* Plays seen

Thursday, April 18, 2019

TimesTalks x T Magazine: Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally joined by Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon at TimesTalk.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which begins previews on May 4th, was not on my Broadway "must see" list this season. However, after the TimesTalk, I may have to add it to the list. Interesting bit of trivia -- Frankie and Johnny is the first Broadway production to use an Intimacy Director.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Soundtrack of America: Night 4 at The Shed

Wow, just enjoyed two weekends celebrating African American voices. 

First, the National Symphony Orchestra with Cynthia Erivo at the Kennedy Center.

Then, Soundtrack of America: Night 4 - a concert series celebrating the influence of African American music with a new generation of groundbreaking artists. 

Soundtrack of America was conceived by filmmaker Steve McQueen after filming 12 Years a Slave. Standing in Congo Square, the birthplace of African American music, McQueen wanted to know more about the music and with no museum or other place to go, he gave us Soundtrack of America.  

The Artists - Night 4
Melanie Faye
Terrace Martin
Sy Smith
Cory Henry
DJ Natasha Diggs (Special Guest)

Monday, April 15, 2019

NSO Pops: An Evening with Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Women’s Voices

Wow, just enjoyed two weekends celebrating African American voices. 

First up, the National Symphony Orchestra joined by Cynthia Erivo singing some of her favorite songs at the Kennedy Center. What a special treat hearing Florence Price's Finale from Symphony No. 3. Unknown to me, Florence Price is the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra (the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

Pieces Performed Include:
Ave Maria
I Put a Spell on You
Stormy Weather 
Ain’t No Way
I Never Loved a Man
Midnight Train to Georgia

Take Care of This Home
Ne Me Quette Pas
I Who Have Nothing
I'd Rather Go Blind
At Last 
Take My Hand Precious Lord

Natural Woman

Saturday, April 13, 2019

NYCB Art Series - Shantell Martin

Another enjoyable art installation at the New York City Ballet: Artist Shantell Martin

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Quote from August Wilson's "Jitney"

Doub in August Wilson's Jitney:
That white man ain't paying you no mind. You ought to stop thinking like that. They been planning to tear these shacks down before you was born. You keep thinking everybody's against you and you ain't never gonna get nothing. I seen a hundred niggers too lazy to get up out the bed in the morning, talking about the white man is against them. That's just an excuse. You want to make something of your life, then the opportunity is there. You just have to shake off that "White folks is against me" attitude. Hell, they don't even know you alive.

Monday, December 24, 2018

O'Leary Car Ride: Showtunes 2018

Love this video that popped up in my FB feed. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Eleanor Davis in "Why Art?"

Not all art should be categorized aesthetically. Many artworks are primarily intellectual, and can be categorized by either the intent of the artist or the response of the audience.