‘for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much’ Coming Soon to School of Drama
Sankofa Arts & Facilitation will present its first production for 2010 at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, Jamaica School of Drama from January 21 to February 7 for seven performances. Part proceeds from the opening night performance will be donated to the Jamaica Red Cross’ Haitian Earthquake Relief Initiative.
’for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much’ is an unabashed and powerful exploration of the external/internal, public/private, political/personal questions and trials of being a black man. Written by Keith Antar Mason and directed by Fabian Thomas, ‘for black boys….’ utilizes poetry and spoken word to examine and depict the situations and scenarios performed by a cast of five men. It is a journey that travels through some of the harsh realities of our time as it moves towards healing and transformation. For the Jamaican premiere of ‘for black boys…’ Thomas has included Jamaican interpretations of some of the sections and has also included movement and music as parts of the tapestry of the piece.
Keith Antar Mason is a poet/performance artist/playwright based in the Los Angeles area and the artistic director of the Hittite Empire–a performance group whose work centers on the lives of Black men and the contradictions they face living in America. The group has performed at theaters and performance spaces from New York’s Lincoln Center to Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. Keith’s work has been included in a number of poetry anthologies and his theater pieces have been staged throughout the U.S. and in Britain. Keith and the members of Hittite Empire dedicate a large part of their artistic effort to working among youth and developing progressive theater companies in the projects and poor neighborhoods of major cities throughout the U.S
The cast is comprised of Andre Morris (Season Rice, A Soh It Go, POSITIVE & Voices: Unoo Nuh Hear Dem), Brian Johnson (Maskarade, Mansong, POSITIVE, Freedom Fi Who? & Voices: Unoo Nuh Hear Dem?), Rayon Mclean (Mansong, Freedom Fi Who?, 11/9 & Voices: Unoo Nuh Hear Dem?), Darion Palmer (Voices: Unoo Nuh Hear Dem?), Damian ‘DJ’ Shaw (Dreamgirls) and Adrian Wanliss from L’ACADCO.
Sankofa Arts & Facilitation will also be using the production to raise funds for EVE for Life to benefit boys at risk, to make a donation to Calabar High School (Thomas’ alma mater) and will also be hosting Jamaican photographer Michael Chambers (whose work is being used in the show) to conduct workshops for visual arts students and young men at risk.
SANKOFA Arts & Facilitation is a registered sole-trader company dedicated to transformational training/facilitation and performing arts.
* Not recommended for children under 16, unless with an adult who has been advised of the graphic nature (not pornographic) of some of the subject matter explored and occasional strong language.
For more information, contact Fabian Thomas at email@example.com
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Do you think that white people are out to get you? I am white and have been taken advantage of by a black man that nearly cost me my life and it did cost my child’s life. But forgiveness is the key. I don’t hate all blacks especially black men because of what happened to me. I work on forgiveness everyday and know that we are all human beings here on earth. We need to treat each other with respect and dignity no matter the race or sex. We need to uplift one another even if it is our enemy. We need to embrace one another with gentleness, love, respect and tolerance. God bless you!!!Black boys and men need to know they are children of God and deserve everything that anyone else gets and deserves as a child of God. Sincerely, Jan
What does that mean about the pilgrims comment?
Before you go and get a copy of the script, please make sure you clear the rights to perform with KAM (Mr. Mason) first. He is a living playwright that should be compensated for his brilliance and poetry. Please don’t do what the pilgrims have been doing to us for centuries!
Hi Margarette, You can try contacting Fabian Thomas, his email is at the bottom of the post. Thx!
I just directed for colored girls and would love to consider for colored boys. How does one obtain a copy of the this script?
Mr Mason, I am an actor in high school, yesterday i read your play in search for a very dramatic compitition peice, Sir all i wanted to say waz “boy #3” spoke to me. The way the words came to me brought tears to my eyes. I portrayed many feelings I had about being black in america. I thank you for writing this moving peice, im sure to get a scholership if i portray it correctly.
hey you did my work…i am a living playwright and you did my work it is a blessing and a curse…
i am an artist a professional artist…are you willing to mail me programs and dvd copies of my work? please contact me
tryin to get my ass to this while i’m still here