photos (except bottom one): Jim Baldassare; postcard: ALRdesign.com
BY EISA DAVIS
DIRECTED BY LIESL TOMMY
ON THIS MIXTAPE, STYLE WILL DICTATE, WE BOUNCE BACK AND FORTH IN TIME…
Using the rhythms of music and memory, Eisa tells the story of a radical upbringing on the dividing line between Oakland and Berkeley, California– in a family that includes her aunt, professor and activist Angela Davis.
Time shifts between the 70s, 80s, and 90s as smoothly as a DJ fading from song to song. Each track, each memory, has a built-in switch to the next, for theatrical momentum that keeps on building.
The music crosses styles and decades, but it’s hip-hop and a b-girl stance that keeps the piece bouncing in the present.
APRIL 6 – MAY 2 2009
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HIP-HOP THEATRE FESTIVAL
VIDEO (by Rehana Mirza): her niece decided to make her a mixtape…
One of The New Yorker’s Best Off Broadway Theater Shows of 2009!
“An appropriately turbulent and quite funny show about the forces that influence the forging of identity. Rich in humor and crazy paradox… [but] the aching sense of casual neglect is unmistakable. “– Isherwood, The New York Times
“A revealing portrait of a young artist struggling to find herself. The cast of five women, including the multitalented playwright, is fully committed to what might be the Obama generation’s ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’” — The New Yorker
“In this radiant writer-performer’s autobiographical play, she reveals her personal and political awakening… Liesl Tommy wittily stages the quick-moving collage with an excellent cast. Davis celebrates exactly what you’d expect in this show–sisterhood, social justice, racial pride–but this sly performer suggests there’s more mystery in life.” — Time Out NY