Astro – Minstrelsy or The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente - Pilot
Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 26th at 7:30 PM
Raja Feather Kelly and Daaimah Mubashshir recently collaborated on a workshop of Everyday Afroplay at JACK. Raja combines dance theatre, sketch comedy, minstrelsy and devised theatre into his own discipline- a thematic immersion into Pop Culture via Andy Warhol. Daaimah works with text to create kinetic visuals augmented by movement and energy between actors. Both artists are drawn to breaking form, mixing genre and discipline to locate truths and the sublime; more importantly they are drawn together out of an urgency to create a unique body of work that narrate ideas and concepts of blackness on stage.
Raja and Daaimah’s question “how do you arrange black bodies on stage?” transformed to: how do you arrange black bodies on stage without being policed, without being politically correct, and directly from the black experience. The Writer/Director Lab presented Daaimah and Raja a chance to develop a new play from the Everyday Afroplay collection using Naj and Dandy- two black intellectuals who have vastly differencing opinions and cultural experiences about life inside black skin. It is as literal as it is abstract.
Over the course of this process Naj and Dandy have transformed into Cardigan and Khente who have similar relationship only it is set in a semi- corporate work environment.
In January, 2019 the Soho Rep. Writer/Director LAB will culminate in public presentations of new works that have been created and developed by artistic collaborators Shayok Misha Chowdhury & Virginia Grise, Ann Marie Dorr & Paul Ketchum, Jen Goma & Kristine Haruna Lee, Raja Feather Kelly & Daaimah Mubashshir, and Julia Mounsey & Peter Mills Weiss under the mentorship of co-chairs William Burke and Jackie Sibblies Drury.