The World Premiere of
By Kerri Edge
Commissioned by Queens Council on the Arts’
Artist Commissioning Program
Friday, September 20, 8pm
Presented by York College
Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center
94-95 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451
REFORM LIVE is a timely and compelling new visual and performing arts theater production directed by Artist Commissioning Program Awardee in Choreography Kerri Edge. The 60-minute work meshes insightful storytelling that traces the plight of a handful of African American males within the criminal justice system throughout the United States with urban political music, tap dance, poetry and provocative film footage. The stories which span over 20 years to present of incarceration with the penal system, are recaptured in several poignant scenes that fuse emotionally gripping monologues with inspired dance and spirited musical accents.
Each short story is based on real life stories of both presently and formerly incarcerated individuals portrayed by a talented cast of actors including; Baakari Wilder, Omar Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Abron Glover, Ted Thomas, Tai Ducati and Saiku '720' Branch. Scenes are crafted to travel through time, making stops at various stages of incarceration that an African American male from New York City endures within “the system,” including; central booking, an interrogation room, courtroom, Rikers Island, and other state and federal correctional facilities.
About the Artist Commissioning Program
Designed to democratize the traditional commissioning process, the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) enables local community members, or “Art Producers” to award Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation of new, original work that fills gaps in American culture by telling an untold story.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ACP OR APPLY TO PARTICIPATE, VISIT WWW.QUEENSCOUNCILARTS.ORG/ART-COMMISSIONING.
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) is made possible by generous funding from the Scherman Foundation as well as supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.