Sunday, June 28, 2015

Brave Soul Collective “Plot Twists”

On Sunday June 28th, 2015, Brave Soul Collective (BSC) makes its 5th DC Black Theatre Festival appearance, with “Plot Twists” an evening of new works written and performed by some of Washington DC’s most talented African American LGBTQ artists.

Following two successful performances of the stage play, “WTF Happened To Baby Sister?” presented last season in conjunction with Rainbow Theatre Project, BSC makes its debut at The Undercroft Theatre on Sunday June 28th, at 6pm, with an exciting evening of theatrical works

“Plot Twists…” touches on a host of hot button issues, including: aging, relationships, sex, gender identity, racism, family, and religion - all within the scope of life “&…the unknown”. A special one-night-only engagement, it features an evening of dramatic & comedic monologues, short scenes and staged readings written & directed by playwrights – Stanley Z Freeman II, Josette Marina Murray, Jared Shamberger, Michael Sainte-Andress, Alan Sharpe, & BSC founder, Monte J. Wolfe.

The dynamic cast includes; Thembi Duncan, Stanley Z. Freeman II, Wilma Lynn Horton, Jeremy Keith Hunter, Jivon Lee Jackson, Jorge Lander, Valerie Papaya Mann, Michael Sainte-Andress, Jared Shamberger, & Monte J. Wolfe.

Thembi Duncan. Photo by Victoria Ford.

REVIEW by Joel Markowitz

"The most powerful piece of the evening was My Sweet Black Babushka (written by Josette Marina Murray and directed by Monte J. Wolfe). Performed with awesome emotional force by Thembi Duncan, it told a mother’s story of raising her baby boy in a family of strong women only to see him grow up and be shot dead in too-familiar circumstances of racist police action. The action that the mother takes in response had the audience riveted. There was mention during the talkback of turning this short monodrama into a full-length theater piece—a notion with which I wholeheartedly agree. The piece was absolutely superb."


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