My proposed project is the expansion of the existing short film “U Thought I Was Him” to a full stage play and exhibition in the form of a chroeopoem. The chroeopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry, dance, short stories, music and visual images. The expansion from short film to a full stage production with an exhibition will allow the audience to witness several stories of African American characters and how they navigate the cultural landscape of Baltimore and surrounding communities. As director and contributing playwright, I with a group of artists/creatives that I have mentored plan to bring a public stage production and exhibition in the fall of 2022. The project aims to provide a means of healing for many deep rooted, generational trauma and racial issues that many face today. My approach of using comedy, tragedy, music, images (photography and still life paintings), and movement will provide the balance of entertainment observational and educational awareness.
Funded by Baltimore, MD (April 2022)