Steel Hammer Opens at BAM Tonight

Steel Hammer opens tonight at BAM. I am honored to be a collaborator on this amazing project. Flying into NY tomorrow to see it. Hope to see yall there!

 

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American Theatre Magazine 

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The ATL

Always happy to spend time in Atlanta, where culture is king-where else can you get vegan soulfood and raw southern cuisine that taste heck good?  (Ok maybe in Brooklyn too).  By chance two of my works where being produced and performed at the same time-my Play Fetch Clay, Make Man at True Colors, and at Superman College, my Solo piece Flow (which has been reimagined as an ensemble work and done at colleges and theater throughout the country-who would’ve known?).  IMG_2943Also my Mom lives down there, so was able to see her which was and is always special.  The opening night of Fetch Clay was awesome, with the crowd of mostly African-Americans giving so much love and vocal feedback back to the actors.  The Superman shows I wasn’t able to attend, but did sit in on a rehearsal, and very much enjoyed meeting and connecting with the students from Superman and I assume Morehouse and Clark that skillfully brought the piece to life in 2015.  Some of the issues I was exploring in the work 10-12 years ago are still very relevant today-in a way that’s a bit depressing but perhaps it’s a good thing that young folkscan find these older works that speak to them and utilize them to carry on and continue to push for social and spiritual change.  IMG_2887A special thanks to Aku Kadogo for  bringing Flow to Spelman and directing it.  Also a very special thanks to Kenny Leon and everyone at True Colors as well as the cast for bringing this work to Atlanta.

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STEEL HAMMER WITH SITI COMPANY

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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!)

 

Will Power

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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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KERA on STAGGER LEE

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

http://artsandculturetx.com/song-to-stage/

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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.

Peace!

Will Power

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