Tickets only $10!
$5 for ages 17 and under
Seeking Union and Non-Union Singers/Rappers/Poets/Actors of All Types for the following roles:
DOROTHY: A teen searching for life in the stars.
THE WIZ: A man in his 40’s serving a life sentence.
MA/EVILESE: A single mom in her 30’s/Envy incarnate.
ANITA/ASSATA: Dorothy’s BFF/A paranoid revolutionary.
PETO/PLATINUM: Dorothy’s other BFF/Rapper of the Year.
DEACON/SMOOTH: Ma’s BFF/A hustler fresh out of prison.
MAYOR/JUDGE/OBC: A mean soul drunk off his own power.
OBB/BEAUTY/STAGE MANAGER: The belligerent narcissist.
EYE AM/BAILIFF/DJ: A mystic guardian angel in disguise.
NARRATOR/SCALPER/CO1: Storyteller/Agent of The System.
REPORTER/SCALPER/CO2: Shrewd Journalist/Mr. Status Quo.
REPORTER/NEWSCASTER/HYPEMAN: Frustrated Journalist/Wack MC.
MOVEMENT SPIRIT/DIVA DANCER/CREW: The Show-stealing Chorus
Adapted by ten incarcerated artists in a creative writing workshop at the oldest women’s prison in the state, the California Institute for Women (CIW), WHAT IT IZ is a prison abolitionist, hip hop theater and spoken word remix of The Wiz. The spring performances at Greenway Court Theater benefit programs serving incarcerated youth at BJN Juvenile Hall – where workshops based on the production, engaging human rights and transformative justice, have inspired an oral history project and college course using theater to develop legislative proposals. Producer will be applying to Theatre Authority for use of Equity performers in a benefit performance.
Audition slots available Wednesday, March 28, 6-9 pm
Monday, April 2, 2-5 pm
Four rehearsal in April
Two Performances (Staged Readings) April 27th and 28th, part of the LA Get Down Festival
BACKGROUND: In the early 1900s, L. Frank Baum imagined a world where money did not exist and women were all powerful. More than 100 years later, a new generation of creative visionaries has its own fresh take on that wonderful world called Oz. This 21st century urban parody remixes Baum’s classic and the 1970s Broadway musical-turned-motion picture “The Wiz” – starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, with music by Luther Vandross and Quincy Jones. The film inspired the writing of this play as much as the Broadway hit before it, which featured Stephanie Mills, André De Shields and Phylicia Rashad. The early development of WHAT IT IZ included stage readings and workshop performances at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and American Place Theater in New York City, the Longwharf Theater and Yale Theater in New Haven and at Harvard University. The west coast debut performances sold out during opening weekend in spring 2017 at the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA, and opened the inaugural “Beyond the Bars LA” conference calling for strategies to bring about the end of mass incarceration.
THE REMIX: For more than a century, audiences worldwide have enjoyed the tale of the Tin Man’s search for a heart, the Scarecrow’s search for a brain, and the Cowardly Lion’s search for courage. This time around, Dorothy is transported from the disco era into a new millennium facing terrorism, police brutality, government corruption, music industry shenanigans, street hustlers, new world technology, and the world’s largest prison population. Meet a notoriously sexist “Platinum” rap star longing for self-love; a small-time hustler named “Smooth” whose lack of knowledge of self keeps him from being smooth enough to avoid repeat arrests for the same crime; a paranoid Black Panther wanna-be “Assata” in search of self-determination after barely surviving the 9/11 suicide attacks. This adaptation transports Dorothy’s journey from the Bay area of 1979 to LA in 2017.
WHAT IT IZ fuses the soulful, musical style of the ’70s hit with the urban lyricism of hip hop and spoken word poetry. Critics compare the show to the Tony Award-winning “Def Poetry Jam on Broadway” and “Hamilton” which have introduced traditional theater goers to the adrenalin-injected idioms of hip hop and spoken word. Directed by the creator and performer of the Harry Belafonte produced “Lyrics From Lockdown,” critically acclaimed poet, actor and prison activist Bryonn Bain, the production is written in the verse of our time by a group comprised of formerly and currently incarcerated artists, Blackout Arts Collective (BAC). This grassroots arts/activism coalition spearheaded the early development of the show while bringing performances and workshops to prisons in 25 states nationwide. An award-winning network of artists, activists, and educators, BAC has used the arts and culture to catalyze action around critical issues in innovative ways to inspire social change since 1997. Dramaturgy by Disney fellow and NYU drama professor Michael Dinwiddie, and Lincoln Center iconoclast Imani Douglas, this production pays homage to a timeless classic while providing a launchpad for dialogue and action around mass incarceration and its impact on our families and communities using subversive verse, beats, rhymes and comedy.
Greenway Arts Alliance is seeking a skilled ¾ -time Technical Director / Facilities Manager for the Greenway Court Theatre, reporting to the Producing Director. The Theatre, a 99-seat venue, is a program of Greenway Arts Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to unite communities through art, education and social enterprise. This is a hands-on position that will perform carpentry, maintenance, and technical work in addition to supervising crews. Position will also maintain equipment for the Melrose Trading Post and other shared spaces of the organization.
Work will average 30 hours per week year-round, with more hours required around events and during tech periods balanced with less hours during dark periods. Starting compensation is $20/hour. Position is non-exempt and does not include benefits. There is potential for growth for the right candidate.
Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to: tmoon @ greenwayarts.org
Don’t miss this revamped and refreshed LA revival of Alex Alpharoah’s Spoken Word play in the form of an Epic Poem. The stories are about the circumstances and struggles of 8 heroic denizens that inhabit the city of Los Angeles. Combining meter, prose, and free verse, the play explores various stories throughout the metropolis – by a rail station or a bus stop – words are shared about love, loss, compromise, and ultimately, how people face and live with the decisions that shape their lives.
Alex Alpharoah as Gabriel “Gee” Moses
Brenda Covarrubias as Grace Moraless
Luis Kelly-Duarte as Lonnie Santos
Alana Duvernay as Karen Santos
Steve Lopez as Steve Moraless
Andrea MaGee as Carol Lockhart
Jean Murillo as Tina Martin
Tommy Nguyen as Angel Rudman
Graciela Rodriguez as Elaine Martin
Stage Manager: Mat Belnas
Sound Designer: Jose Fraire
Lighting Designer: Leihua Hartley
Featuring original music from ECHO
The poem SHOOT is performed with permission from the author, Eddy M. Gana, of Steady, writesteady.com
Noun. The alchemy that occurs when bad ass women of color come together and set shit aflame.
Together as Chingona Fire (a Latina feminist poetry collective), they curate monthly poetry events for women of color, featuring women of color and produced solely by women of color. It is their mission to create space and visibility for our community we have grown to call The Chingonas.
Come, join us in setting the world aflame.
Angela Aguirre is a Los Angeles based poet and teaching artist who enjoys utilizing her creativity in meaningful ways. A teacher by nature, she has a talent for working with teens. She is best at recognizing “teaching moments” and using them to cultivate dialogue that encourages them to explore their thoughts and feelings through writing.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her brown body. Yesika has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. In 2013 she published her first collection of poetry titled The Luna poems. She is a member of the 2014 and 2016 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and placed top 10 in the nation both years. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Neon Magazine, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and many other digital platforms. She is the Co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, a Huffington Post contributor and recently released her second collection of poetry titled WOES.
Featuring Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra
Our Mic presents:
the people who come.
the lives in their art.
and the lady that holds down the night.
*built in The Great Company
*part of the 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival (formerly inkSlam)
*join the cast & crew afterwards at Seoul Sausage Company in little tokyo
PURCHASE YOUR PRESALE TICKETS NOW!
$30 VIP (limited availability)
Includes reserved seating of the best spots in the house, an Our Mic limited edition pin (only 100 made, retails $15), and a copy of the director Arianna Lady Basco’s book “Palms Up” (retails $15).
$10 general admission
$15 at the door
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:
ARIANNA LADY BASCO
Cassy F. Hwang
Bridging The Gap: Legendary Poets
Saturday 4/22 @ 8pm
featuring Luis Rodriguez, LA Poet Laureate and Kamau Daáood, Co-founder of The World Stage
Hosted by Food 4 Thot
The lives of two poetic visionaries are put on display in an intimate setting and discussed. This show will consist of poems, stories and a brief Q&A session.
Luis J. Rodriguez is a novelist/memoirist/short story/children’s book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” His latest memoir is the sequel, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.” His latest poetry book is “Borrowed Bones” from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press. Luis is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 28th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. And he’s co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change. For Luis poetry is soul talk, a prophetic act, a powerful means to enlarge one’s presence in the world.
A mythic figure in the Southern California arts scene, Kamau Daáood is a performance poet, educator and community arts activist who is widely acknowledged as a major driving force behind Los Angeles’ black cultural renaissance. “I am a devout artist, a poet. I have honed my skills in small community arts venues. I have witnessed the power of the arts as a vehicle for self-discovery, revelation, inspiration and healing. Words, sounds, shapes, colors and movement used to build bridges of understanding between human hearts. Art is a higher language beyond our native tongues. It is the light that cuts through dogma and spiritualizes our moments and grounds us in the sacredness of time.”
The founders share stories and poems from the 19 years of Da Poetry Lounge.
Ink’d Out: Stories from the LGBT Community
Thursday 4/20/17 @ 8 pm
Hosted by Yosimar Reyes
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. Reyes has toured and presented in University campuses all over the United States. He is the co-founder of performance ensemble, La Maricolectiva, a community based performance group of queer undocumented poets. Reyes’ work has been published in various online journals as well as Mariposas: An anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press) and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press) Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is an Arts Fellow at Define American, an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas(DefineAmerican.Com)
Reyes is currently working on his one man show with Guerrilla Rep Theater to premier in the near future.
544 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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