WORD BECOMES FLESH by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Directed by Psalmayene 24

Through spoken word, dance, and visual imagery, an ensemble of performers delivers a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son, documenting the range of his emotions, fears, and expectations. Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh, directed by Psalmayene 24, critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines masculinity and responsibility within the constructs of hip-hop culture.

Watch the video on the Kennedy Center website here.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

PURE to debut the powerful poem-turned-play Citizen: An American Lyric during Piccolo


Based on Claudia Rankine’s 2014 award-winning book of poetry of the same name, the stage version was adapted by Stephen Sachs, and it combines performance and audience participation, all under the guise of creating a discussion about race and racism. Challenging stuff for sure, but absolutely necessary, especially for Charleston, where two high-profiled racially sensitive incidents not only tore at the heart and soul of this town but received national attention.
The stage adaptation of Citizen debuted last year in Los Angeles, with director Shirley Jo Finney at the helm. Finney will also direct PURE’s production, while Sachs himself will be on hand for the Charleston debut on June 3.

Read the full article from the Charleston City Paper here.

Primary Stages Season to Include Adaptation of Rankine’s ‘Citizen’

A new adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection “Citizen” will headline the Primary Stages 2016-7 season. Ms. Rankine has updated her best-selling work for the stage along with Stephen Sachs, and the production will arrive next January.

“Citizen” is a genre-crossing meditation on race in America, covering subjects from Trayvon Martin to Serena Williams. The book won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and was first adapted for the stage by Mr. Sachs at the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles last year.

Read the full article from The New York Times here.

Mike Nussbaum Will Star in Mark St. Germain’s RELATIVITY


imgres“RELATIVITY,” by Mark St. Germain, directed by and featuring Mike Nussbaum (above)
(May 11 – June 18, 2017): This National New Play Network “rolling world premiere”- to be produced at several theaters nationwide – homes in on the Albert and Mileva Einstein 40 years after the birth, in 1902, of their daughter. After 1904, the baby was never seen or spoken of again. But now, a reporter interviews Einstein about this mysterious piece of his past, revealing shocking secrets about his family and personal life. While the reporter questions Einstein on his theory of relativity and his decisions, she also poses a query of her own: To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?

Read more from the Chicago Sun-Times article here.