It has been a little more than 6 years that I have had the opportunity to work with Adrienne Jamieson, the MaryLou and George Boone Centennial Director of Stanford In Washington (SIW). It is an honor to be a part of this programing initiative in support of Adrienne's vision for SIW, which insures that students are presented with diverse culture experiences. These have a cumulative impact in offering unanticipated views, and connections, into dynamics of intersectionality. That opportunity for such insights are supported by Arts Programming, is a significant guideline in SIW practice.
..more to come about this, but just at the moment, hurtling into Tech, cue to cue, Dress -and performance of this work. The artists are seasoned, and I am grateful; this cast are reprising their roles, and have been with the show since its premiere in 2014. Greg Watkins, as Billy Strayhorn Scott Patterson, as Duke Ellington Laree Simon, as Ethel Waters Bina Malhotra, as Lena Horne And for this iteration, it is a pleasure to be joined by Duke Ellington School for the Arts senior, Nia Webb, as Reporter. The performance is open and free to the public.
..woke now -to the changes in directions buffeting country and personal journey.. Fully woke. And working. It is my honor to be in process of collaborating with two esteemed artists -Ms Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan, and Jarrod Lee- in a performance piece I have written for Washington National Opera entitled "In The Smoke Of The Sting", a music journey which threads the words, determination, and courage of three Champion boxers -Joe Louis, Emile Griffith and Muhammad Ali- through music and poetry, and arias from operas written about these men.
..exciting -excited! -and feeling proud. Through longstanding support of Bob Jaffe, Ensemble Studio Theatre is giving my play Breathing Ash a workshop, and then rehearsed reading, on Tuesday the 25th October. The company have gathered a terrific group of actors, and I have a fearless and deep thinking director in Christopher Burris!