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by Daniel Beaty

COMPANY : True Colors Theatre Company
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 2386

SHOWING : July 26, 2007 - July 29, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A slave ship has appeared by the Statue of Liberty. With that striking image, Daniel Beaty's Collage of Performance Art, Slam Poetry, and Social Portrait leads us into a world where every point of view is right and every historical preconception is honored. Kenny Leon directs this Off-Broadway hit as part of the 2007 Black Arts Festival.


CAST & CREW LIST
Writer/Composer Daniel Beaty
Director Kenny Leon
Lighting Designer Joseph Futral
Performer Daniel Beaty
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REVIEWS

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Wake Up and Dream!
by Dedalus
Saturday, July 28, 2007
4.0
I am rushing to get
This on line
Iíve had too much wine
Itís a quick run of an Off-Broadway Hit
One man
One Writer
One Dreamer
One Stage
It closes Sunday
And if you miss it
You Miss It.

A Slave Ship
Has Emerrged by the
Statue of Liberty
Who (we are told)
Should be black

And We (From our
Comfortable White Middle Class Middle Age )
Believe it.

Daniel Beaty is a
New York
(Nuyorican? From my White Middle Class Middle Age I cannot know)
Slam Poet
(Off Spring of Beat Poet? Hippie Poet? Free Associate Shout at the World Say What I Mean Poet?)
Who collected his works
His Best Works
Into this allegory of
Race
And Fatherhood
And Race
And Brotherhood
And Race
And Music
And Race
And Rage
Into a Monologue
Of Character
Of Nuance
Of Song
Of Heritage
Of Rage.

Rodney and Freddie
Brothers
Sons of a Father
Out of the Ebony Ghetto Into the Ivory Tower
Lost in mind and spirit
Wife lost to violence
Father embraces the mirage
Or Reality
Of Remembrance
Clunky symbolism made real by honest acceptance

Rodney and Freddie
Brothers
Rodney a Slam Poet
Putting father before art
Putting father before fear
Freddie a gay man
Should we know more?
Lives with Ashes
Lusts for a Jamaican
Is that enough? Perhaps

One Performer
Forty Characters
Poets
Ghosts
Reporters
Dreamers
The Homeless
The Faithless
The Right
The Left
All united by a Tradition
By a History
By a Race
All as different
As white fingerbone
Is from white shoulder bone
All given the same attention
The Same Respect

And if all the Poets
Eventually speak
With the same voice
The same character
The same anger
Who am I to complain?
This is Mister Beatyís work
And it is his prerogative
To see himself
Reflected in his characters
And if anything Unites them
Unite s us
It is the idea
That Imagination gives us wings
Imagination gives us weight
Imagination gives us connection
Imagination gives us life.
And if anything kills the soul
If anything holds us down
If anything keeps us apart
It is the death of our dreams.

So
In a late night wine night comfortable suburb night
All I can do
Is feebly hope
My shallow free verse
Does not insult with its pretense
But gives a sense
Of what Mr. Beaty In his excellence
Has perfected through the
Forge of History and
Passion and
Art and
Imagination and
Theatre
Bequeaths to us.

If our dreams are
Submerged bones chained into the past
Ivory Tower Philosophy chained into the future
Battling Subcon scious entities chained to our souls
Angry Arguments Chained to Our Traditions
Petty Grievances Chained to Our Failures
Theatrical Pretentions chained into our keyboards

The truth remains
When we dream
We live.
-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)
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White man on wine writes good poetry? Who knew? by line!
I hope the show is as impressive and well written as your review! Looks to me like you should drink more wine before you write your next review you white, middle class, white, middle age, white, suburban dwelling, white, wordsmith you! Way to go!
-Rial


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