From acclaimed playwright Renita Martin, comes a staged reading of Blue Fire on the Water. Brought to life by the soulful voices of Alexis P. Suter and Imani Uzuri, Blue Fire on the Water is a poignant look at the effect of Hurricane Katrina on queer and transgender African Americans. The story centers around Jo, a New Orleans jazz singer unwilling to desert his beloved piano–even as the flood waters rise. Jazz, blues and tales of beautiful black women weave through this “Bayou version of Boys Don’t Cry.” The one-night-only program will take place on Apr 30 at the Center. Don’t miss the pre-show open bar and performance by Out Music Award winner Nedra Johnson.
Now playing at the Barrymore Theatre is Absurdist Playwright Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King. The play features a stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush in the title role of King Berenger, Susan Sarandon as his wife, and Lauren Ambrose (of Six Feet Under fame) as his second, younger wife. At turns tragic and hilarious, this rarely-staged play follows the hectic and absurd final hours of a dying king who refuses to abdicate any power. Written in the early 1960s, the story—a dwindling empire drained of its virility by expensive wars and misappropriated natural resources—eerily parallels current events.
Beginning on Apr 6 OBIE Winning Actress/Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis, brings her personal story to the Ohio Theatre. Angela’s Mixtape is Davis’ memoir about her radical upbringing on the border of Oakland and Berkeley, California—in a family that includes her aunt, professor and activist Angela Davis. Using a musical soundtrack as a backdrop, the show shifts between the 70s, 80s, and 90s. As it moves through the decades the story crosses cultural borders, from Angela’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, to her imprisonment in the House of Detention, to Eisa’s childhood in Bay Area public schools, Ivy League dorm rooms and the shores of Senegal. Performances run through May 2.