February 18, 2013 at 8pm
Eve Crusto, Mosi Singleton, Allison Davis, Verna Hampton, Athena Colon, Gina Ulysses, Antoinette Nwandu, Melissa Murray Mutch, Jordan Carey, and Kimberly Young reflect on race, religion, life. death, social injustice, violence, abuse, politics, the media, image, Black History, women’s issues, drugs, AIDS, poverty, relationships, and health care… through monologues, conversations, and spkoen word to SAADI ZAIN’s BASS SCORE and IMPROVISATION.
Concieved and staged by Series Director – William Electric Black
Accompanied by Saadi Zain on bass.
Jordan Carey left 8 Mile and moved to NYC five years ago under the guise of a chemical engineering scholarship. One engineering degree later, Jordan is FINALLY realizing her dream of living and loving as a full-time artist. Her work has taken her to the Cannes Film Festival, a couple of glorious hole-in-the-walls, a future 2014 silver screen feature production near yourself, and now to LaMama!! She is overjoyed and grateful to be creating and building with Electric and the ample other talents involved in this project and historical theatre space.
Antoinette Nwandu is a New York based writer by way of Los Angeles. Her work has been honored with ACTF’s Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and the NEC’s Douglas Turner Ward prize, and has garnered her a literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Nominations include The Weissberger Award, The Cherry Lane Mentorship Project and The PONY Fellowship. Her plays, including FLAT SAM, THE DYING DAYS OF VIKTOR CASTLE, and BLACK BOY & THE WAR, have been produced and developed by The Movement Theater Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, Dreamscape Theatre, Fire This Time, and the Monarch Theater Company. Antoinette graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and holds masters degrees from The University of Edinburgh, and NYU/Tisch. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.
ATHENA COLÓN is a film, television, digital and theatrical actress with credits that include Law & Order, an Extra Gum Commercials lead, Candido Tirado’s ‘Mommas Boyz’, Oprah’s Network ‘Unfaithful’, East WillyB, and Al Thompson’s critically acclaimed digital series Lenox Avenue. A native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, she started performing at the age of five in her family living room. With the support of her mother, she became a member of City Lights Youth Theater and Henry Street Settlement’s Urban Youth Theater. Soon after, she embarked on a life-changing performance tour, acting in a Suzuki production of “Third Child” in Italy, Prague and Peru. When not performing, she is passionate about teaching theater arts. She is the Director of Theater for the Brooklyn Performing Arts Institute and serves as a Teaching Artist for the Family Life Theater, Educational Play Productions, and the Theater Development Fund. Athena resides in Brooklyn, NY and she holds a BFA in Acting from Long Island University, C.W. Post.
Allison is a writer and producer who has told the truth, (in national ad campaigns for Converse and Chipotle, and as a Hollywood development exec) the whole truth, (on stage for Piano Fight Productions and Z-Space, San Francisco; Complex Theater, Los Angeles) and nothing but the truth (through documentary television for Independent Lens, PBS, and Current TV). She is also a regular contributor to The Hairpin, recently named one of Forbes’s top 100 best blogs for women, and has written and blogged for New York Magazine, Beautiful/Decay Magazine, and The Fader Magazine. She holds a BA in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and is currently an MFA candidate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Dramatic Writing program.
Eve Crusto grew up with the firm belief that one day she would be a “triple threat” — however that changed from being a great actor/singer/dancer in early 20th century-style musicals to being a writer for the theatre, television, and silver screen. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she wrote and directed her first plays, Eve went on to become a member of Teach For America in New Orleans. While there, she founded the Fifth Ward Five Ways Performing Arts Club, which still continues to grow its membership and perform each year. Eve is currently interning at Nick Jr and will be graduating with an MFA in Dramatic Writing this spring from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Verna Hampton would like to thank William Electric Black for once again including her in the exciting wordsmith outing of the POETRY ELECTRIC experience!
Ms. Hampton has been involved with POETRY ELECTRIC since the inception of this multi-media word performance happening at The Club at La MaMa. Sister FM Diva, a character that Ms. Hampton created and has performed in various clubs, theaters, and university settings throughout the country, was originally developed and performed, through the support of William Electric Black, at La MaMa! This is Verna’s ninth POETRY ELECTRIC appearance.
Ms. Hampton is an award winning teaching artist, arts program developer, writer and actor; and has worked her craft as a writer, director and performer in the Theatre, TV, Radio, and Film industries.
I am very excited to be sharing the stage with such a STELLAR group of SISTERS…Thanks again Electric!
Gina Athena Ulysse
Gina Athena Ulysse is trained as a cultural anthropologist who is also a performance and multi-media artist. She has performed her signature work “Because When God is too Busy:Haiti, me &THEWORLD in various venues including colleges, universities and stage theatres. She is currently developing a new performance/installation project VooDooDoll, What if Haiti Were a Woman: On ti Travay sou 21 Pwen or an Alter(ed)native in Something Other than Fiction. When she is not expressing her ever so eloquent rage on the stage, she likes to confront gigantic canvases with brush in hand and laugh real loud at herself! She is an associate professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. For more info: ginaathenaulysse.com.
Kimberly Young received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has been seen gracing the stage in theatre productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, MidSummer Night’s Dream, The Bacchae, and Hope Speaks, to name a few. She has appeared in several short films, one of which premiered at Sundance, and 2 of which she co wrote and produced. While wearing the producer’s hat, she has created and starred in a comedic whimsical webseries called Kit n Kat. With many talents, Kimberly has found herself involved in many endeavours: a Hip hop dance group, the Psyche Effect Pop Duo, and a Stoop it Funny Sketch Comedy group. Kimberly has appeared in a Google Commercial and on the Trisha Goddard Daytime Television Show re-enacting a real life dramatic event. Now you can find Kimberly on stages such as the Comedy Cellar performing stand up comedy and doing improv at UCB.
Melissa Murray-Mutch is glad to be back at La Mama performing with some amazing artists in “AFTER COLORED GIRLS ‘CAUSE THE RAINBOW AIN’T ENOUGH”. She has written and performed two solo pieces at La Mama, “Obnoxious” and “Meanie” both directed by William Electric Black. Melissa has worked as an actress in New York and Los Angeles in film, television and theater. She has also worked as a Narrator/host for the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts. She currently works as a teaching artist with Manhattan Theater Club and New York University’s Summer Writing Program.