dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show
will have it's world premiere at
PILLSBURY HOUSE + THEATRE
in Minneapolis June 1 - JUNE 24, 2018!!
Directed by Ebony Noelle Golden
Dramaturge: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Vocal Composition: Mankwe Ndosi
Cast: Aimee K. Bryant, Florinda Bryant, PaviElle French, and Kenyai O’Neal
Designers: Christopher Heilman - Set Design, Sonya Berlovitz - Costume Design, Mike Wangen – Light Design
Elizabeth MacNally - Production Manager/Stage Manager.
dat Black Mermaid Man Lady /The Show is a performance processional that celebrates multiple ways of embodying gender. The characters HoneyPot, Miss Kitty and dat Black Mermaid man lady work with Oya, Osun and Yemaya (Yoruba deities) to train in a next generation healer, as they lift communal prayers to the Light. In performance all present are invited to make offerings to this world of womanizing, piano playing, knife carrying she’roes and old people that fly. Performers sing, move, tell stories, call the audience to process, chant, holler back, build altars – celebrate life. All present are responsible for the Journey.
PREMIERE DETAILS HERE.
Photos by Rich Ryan
Rob Hubbard / TwinCities Pioneer Press Theater review says:
"This is a writer with a style and sound entirely her own. The words that come from her characters’ mouths are musical, magical, poetic and pregnant with history. This is a play full of intertwined yarns, family folk tales that call into question the boundaries between past and present. Stories about epiphanies and transformations, communing with ancestors and establishing identities."
READ THE REVIEW HERE.
Dwight Hobbes / Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder says:
"Playwright celebrates exploration of gender with new play" HERE.
WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING
"What a transcendent work of theater. I received a gift of deep spiritual medicine that I am still trying to unpack. MPLS: run don't walk to see this show, and everyone else should be figuring out how to bring it to your town."
"I promise you this: The spirit of God lives in PaviElle's voice. There is no describing Dat Black Mermaid Man Lady / The Show. Just do your soul a favor and go see it!"
"This beautiful show is therapy!"
"It was church."
MORE FROM CRITICS
"A bold and urgent narrative filled with fire, life and sudden flashes of humor... a tale that feels both weighted with mythology and freshly vivid."
"There are comic incidents and long journeys, gnomic utterances, and loaded guns, all seamlessly woven into a tapestry of song drawing on gospel, blues, and jazz... There's a profound sense of truths that are known but not spoken, wounds that are healed with quiet understanding."
- City Pages
"In the end, the performers create a mental space where “the past, the present, the future/the living, the dead, the not yet born, co-exist”, a threshold where much of the action happens in the audience’s imagination instead of onstage. One’s mind grasps at how associations, connected themes, and assembled fragmentary scenes blends into a story. To some, this kind of interactivity is the Holy Grail of abstract, collaborative theatre."
- Twin Cities Arts Reader
The Show is part of the dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project and was made possible by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, The Whitman Institute, Thousand Currents Artist In-Residence Program, development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund (a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and is a project of Creative Capital.