I am thrilled to  be a part of this very special collaboration.  Steel Hammer, a mythological, fantastical deconstruction of the tale of John Henry, is being created by Ann Bogart and SITI Company, the Bang on the Can Orchestra, and four playwrights-Carl Hancock Rux, Kia Corthron, Regina Taylor and me.  The piece premiered to sold out audiences and rave reviews at last year’s Humana Festival, and is set to begin a severely cool national tour this fall, culminating in a week-long run at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.  The schedule is:

*Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – September 26, 2015
*Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA – October 23 & 24, 2015
*University of Virginia, Blacksburg – November 17, 2015
*OZ Nashville – November 20 & 21, 2015
*Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival (NY Premiere) – December 2-6, 2015.

If you can make it to one of these cities (I plan to be at BAM in New York, please feel free to join us!)


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The Power Of Stagger Lee



The Cast of Stagger Lee

The Cast of Stagger Lee

Check the one-hour interview with KERA’s Krys Boyd Here


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Wow, this is the most comprehensive documentation of one of my works that has ever occurred.  Check out the link below, there are radio pieces, in-depth video interviews, and some amazing footage of the developmental process of our musical Stagger Lee.  Part 3 comes out soon.  When you’re in it, it’s hard to think about documentation, I am excited that KERA and Jerome Weeks have preserved the process-really great work here!  (Click Image Below to Enter Story)




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D Magazine





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“Song to Stage” Article/Interview on Stagger Lee

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Dallas Morning News Sunday Feature

Dallas Morning News Arts Feature on Stagger Lee


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Deconstructing Stagger Lee w/ Buster Spiller

Enjoyed Speaking with Buster Spiller for this article in TheaterJones.


Deconstructing Stagger Lee with Buster Spiller


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Stagger Lee Rehearsal Video Check it Out!

We are deep in rehearsals for my new musical Stagger Lee, previews January 21st opening January 30th. Check out the video link below and please share with your peeps.


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Stagger Lee is Coming!

We are deep in rehearsals for Stagger Lee, the latest and to this date most epic project I’ve created.  I will post more info as the days role on.  It’s a true blessing to explore this piece with such an amazing collaborative team! Below is a video that was recorded several years ago as we were just beginning to workshop the piece.  Below that there’s a link for tickets to the World Premiere of Stagger Lee.  Thanks to all.


Book and Lyrics by Will Power

Music by Will Power and Justin Ellington

Directed by Patricia McGregor

Choreography by Camille Brown

Get tickets here:


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Coming Next Week!

5x7postcard_page_1FROM the PRESS RELEASE:

NEW YORK, August 20, 2014- Non-profit producing organization MAPP International Productions joins Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts to present the latest installment of Days of Art and Ideas, a weekend-long festival celebrating art and civic engagement. Conceived by Harlem-born artist, activist, academic, and long-time MAPP International-collaborator Sekou Sundiata (1948-2007), the festival examines the roles that art and artists play in advancing important dialogues and affecting societal change.

Days of Art and Ideas is an ongoing annual program of MAPP International, intended to showcase emerging and established artists while engaging diverse communities in activities focused on the intersection of artistic practice and civic engagement. Curated by playwright and performer Will Power, and Eugene Lang College professors Cecilia Rubino and Brian Lewis, this edition of Days of Art and Ideas explores Sundiata’s ‘research-to-performance’ methodology through workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, and staged readings, and the WeDaPeople’s Cabaret – a multidisciplinary celebration of the power of arts and community.

Read on for a more detailed schedule of the weekend’s events:

September 11, 6-9pm (Wollman Hall) – finding the 51st (dream) state – a film screening of a 30-minute documentary film about Sundiata’s creative process and research methods in the development of his 2006 theater piece, the 51st (dream) state. The film-screening will be followed by a community discussion led by The Woody Guthrie Foundation, The Idiot Brigade, and a public panel led by Will Power, Cecilia Rubino, and Brian Lewis.

September 12, 7:30pm (Tishman Auditorium) – Thinking Out Loud – excerpts of three plays by Liza Jessie Peterson (The Peculiar Patriot), Yadira De La Riva (One Journey), and Marc Wolf (Another American: Asking & Telling) examine critical issues of our time, and culminate in a panel discussion with the playwrights and performers, moderated by MAPP International’s Rasu Jilani.

September 13, 7pm (Tishman Auditorium) – WeDaPeople’s Cabaret – a culminating event and celebration featuring music byBurnt Sugar, Ahmed Abdullah, Wishes and Thieves and DJ Reborn; spoken word from Climbing Poetry, Ramya Ramana, Poets Dasia Carr, Lady Logic and Jakeem Powell; theatrical performances from Paloma McGregor and more.

The festival is free, but seating is first-come, first-served. Please visit The New School Event Calendar for more information.

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