Tag Archives: Black Theatre

Passing Strange: a righteous afro-rock opera

 

 “Passing Strange“, the Tony-nominated black rock-opera is righteous…. Amen.

Passing Strange is the coming-of-age story of “Youth” (Daniel Breaker), a kid growing up somewhere in LA in the seventies.  He is disillusioned because he doesn’t fit the common definition of blackness.  Floating above the city, getting high in his choir director’s blue Volkswagen beetle, “Youth” decides to uproot himself from everything he’s known in order to find home.

It takes a blurry, nomadic trek across Europe to realize some ultimate truths about where he fits in the world and whom he can count among his tribe.  Features a great live band (book and music by Stew and Heidi) and meaty writing that sometimes billows poetically like blood in water. For anyone who grew up not fitting in, then realized that they fit in perfectly, after all.  Jive on.  Below, from the Spike Lee-documented Broadway staging.

 


Tofu Chitlin Circuit presents The A La Carte: Carrot Cake Edition

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From The Tofu Chitlin Circuit (a theater conservatory located in the Bronzeville District of Chicago):

TONIGHT’s A La Carte (panel discussion) is sure to ruffle some feathers! We’re talking about the newest trend to hit the stage: White directors staging Black plays. Is this valid? Is this fair? Who cares? Let’s talk about it!

Featuring Panel Members:

Director of Outreach & Research for Second City Dionna Griffin-Irons


Elizabeth Margolius, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of DirectorsLabChicago

Vaun Monroe, Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Columbia College

Derrick Sanders, Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre

Adam Thurman, Director of Marketing for Court Theater

Harvey Young, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University

and delicious Carrot Cake….

Need I say more?
Join us today:
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Digital Youth Network (Directly next to Little Black Pearl)

6:30pm – 9:30pm
1050 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
$3 suggested donation
photo by sydney chatman