A celebration of Sonia Sanchez at the Billie Holiday Theatre, May 26 – June 4

The Billie Holiday Theatre

at The Center for Arts & Culture

presents

play us your songs:

a celebration of sonia sanchez

Directed by Awoye Timpo
May 26 – June 4, 2016

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The Billie Holiday Theatre at The Center for Arts & Culture continues its season with play us your songs: a celebration of sonia sanchez, a vibrant selection of short plays by the esteemed activist and poet. Although the first play was written in 1969, the themes of community activism, black power, and bridging the divide between generations and how to change the system, remain highly relevant in this era of Black Lives Matter. We honor this timeless American woman writer whose work returns to the Billie Holiday Theatre, reveling in the richness of our collective soul.

 

play us your songs: a celebration of sonia sanchez

is playing at the Skylight Gallery

 

May 26 – June 4, 2016

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

1368 Fulton Street | Brooklyn, NY 11216
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PROGRAM 1

  • Thu, May 26 at 8pm
  • Fri, May 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 28 at 2pm

Sister Son/ji (1969) a one-woman tour de force performance with Mandi MasdenSister Son/ji explores the vital role in the movement of college students whose personal interactions often mimicked patriarchy within the larger black (militant) community. Descriptions of social and personal divisions among characters in the play emphasize Sanchez’s criticisms of black paternalism within the movement-continuing Sanchez’s unflinching examination of paradoxical notions of liberation in the Black Power Movement.
The Bronx is Next (1969) a reading that provides a provoking commentary on interracial racism and interracial sexism that premiered in The Drama Review in 1968. The play follows Charles, Roland and Jimmy, three Black Revolutionaries forcing tenants into the streets as part of their organization’s protest plan to burn out the horrible tenements of Harlem. The play typifies Sanchez’s bold spirit as it illustrates her early capacity to celebrate the Black Power Movement and critique it at the same time.

PROGRAM 2

  • Sat, May 28 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 29 at 3pm

Sister Son/ji – Featuring Mandi Masden (see play description above)
Excerpts from I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t (1982) is a reading that presents Afrocentric notions of history and culture as central to African American militant experience. A major cultural development in the black community and strongly visible element of black militant discourse of the 1960s and 1970s.

PROGRAM 3

  • Fri, Jun 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jun 4 at 2pm
  • Sat, Jun 4 at 8pm

Sister Son/ji – Featuring Mandi Masden (see play description above)

2 x 2 (2009) is a reading of Sanchez’s most recent play, exploring the impact of activism and generational difference and the affect on the black community.

SPECIAL PROGRAM

  • Thu, Jun 2 at 8pm: Sister Son/ji, followed by a Talk Back with renowned playwright Sonia Sanchez. Evening includes a complimentary glass of wine.

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