Langston Hughes in Harlem, presented by the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, Thursday February 11 at Noon & 7 pm, and La Mama ETS in the East Village on February 22 at 8 pm.
Performed by seven actors and two musicians, the 55 minute performance weaves together over 50 of Langston’s poems into a musical and spoken word montage celebrating the history, exuberance, and spirit of Harlem.
"Support for this project was provided by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York."
Neal Kirkwood [vibes] is a composer and bandleader living in New York City. Recent compositions include “Ruminations”, settings of poems by Sufi mystic Rumi for 16-voice chorus with jazz ensemble. As a pianist, Neal has performed and recorded with Pony Poindexter, Bobby Previte, Lindsey Horner, and Mike Clark. He has toured with vocalists Michel Hermon, Chris Connor, Abby Lincoln and Bobby McFerrin, and performed and composed for many of New York’s most creative and experimental theater ensembles, including the Talking Band, Anne Bogart, and Joseph Chaiken.
Harry Mann [woodwinds] is a theater musician who has composed and performed with music artists: Ray Charles, Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris; theater innovators: Sam Shepard, Joe Chaiken, Ann Bogart, the Talking Band; puppeteers: Ralph Lee, and Janie Geiser; choreographers: Eva Dean, Ann Hammel, Wendy Osserman, and the Dance Theatre of Toronto. He is the co-leader of the jazz duo Gorilla My Love, with Neal Kirkwood; and performance duo Micro Stories, with actress Clea Rivera.
Danielle Aziza is a performance artist and actress from the Caribbean. She also directs the after-school program at Theater for the New City. Check out her experimental work: Instagram @atheatregenesis
Noel Boone is a third grade student who discovered her love for acting while performing at PS176 out of School Program. Her dream is to become a famous actress.
Shakeerah Fredericks is a recent graduate of CUNY York College. College credits include Intimate Apparel, Our Lady of 121st Street, Midsummer Night's Dream, La Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Dreamgirls and subUrbia.
Adrian Kiser is from Pike Road, Alabama and is a recent Masters graduate from Rutgers Theater Company. Giving thanks to God, family, friends. What an enriching opportunity.
Phil John is a 2011 Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion. He has appeared on ABC’s What Would You Do, and the TVOne original movie For The of Ruth with Loretta Devine.
Russell Jordan is a two-time Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Award Winner. Currently writing full-length play recounting his experience escaping World Trade Center's North Tower on September 11, 2001.
Solomon Peck is a graduate of York College and is ecstatic to be part of this show, as he feels Langston Hughes is a major artistic inspiration.