Friday, October 4, 2013

PENUMBRA THEATRE HISTORY: recorded for posterity

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Penumbra Theatre Company was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy as a venue for Afric...an American voices within the Twin Cities theatre scene and has stood for more than thirty-five years at the intersection of art, culture, politics, and local community engagement.
 
In 1976 i was approached by  Lou to become a founding member of his dream, to create a venue to tell stories from the Black experience. what a novel thought! our stories told, our way, by us. i was 22 years old, out of college and trying to find direction, and then there was theatre! we became a band of brothers and sisters, lending support and guidance on  good days, and codependency and misdirection on others, but these people became my family, friends, mentors and mentees. now almost 40 years later, it's great to see the history recorded. please read about how black theatre became a driving force in an environment that is 97% white,. it wasn't easy y'all.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/179694-Phylicia-Rashad-Leslie-Uggams-Jesse-L-Martin-and-More-Will-Take-Part-in-August-Wilsons-American-Century-Cycle

Just when a brother believes he can't be more blessed, i've been privilgded to be invited to ntake part in these.
THANK YOU GOD!

Friday, June 21, 2013

IT"S BEEN TOO LONG!


Hey everybody it's been awhile but I'm back. it's been a learning experience since i returned to the twin cities. We completed STICK-FLY @ Park Square Theatre and both you programs POV and Washburn theatre completed their school year with outstanding productions. I've just finished the Hennepin County Home School recruiting process. i have a great team this year Brother Ahanti Young & Brother Chadwick Phillips, I'm expecting this years shows to be the best yet. performance dates are 8/15/20113 and 8/16/2013, 2pm  @ Pillsbury House & Theatre. then I'm thrilled to have been invited to be a part of the event mentioned above. we are making audio recordings of all 10 plays for posterity. when the list of performers is announced you'll see why I'm honored to be included. they'll happen from later august to the end of September in New York, stay tuned I'll release more info later.
JW


Sunday, December 23, 2012

PLAYBILL PICKS: The Memory of All That! Playbill Contributors Choose Unforgettable Experiences of 2012 - Playbill.com

PLAYBILL PICKS: The Memory of All That! Playbill Contributors Choose Unforgettable Experiences of 2012 - Playbill.com

My God Just Keeps blessing me. The east coast keeps calling now it won't let me go home!  the year has been more than i ever could have imagined. 

starting out with August Wilson's "Jitney" @ Two River Theatre in New Jersey, 



 Then "My Children, My Africa! @ Signature Theatre in New York,



 then "The Brother's Size"



and now August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson".


 in between came the Global Citizen Award from Macalester College. i have been blessed meet and work with great people, reaquaint myself with old friends and make new ones, to say the words of great playwright's in incredible venues. it has truly been a dream come true. Thank you to all of you who made this possible.to all my teens, i haven't forgotten about POV or 8 Stages, Washburn theatre or The Hennepin County Home School and the wonderful youth and teachers i have been privileged to work with. thank you also i am honored to know all of you. 

2013 picks up with

August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" @TWO RIVER THEATRE




then "Stickfly" @ PARK SQUARE in St. Paul 
and
"The Road Weeps The Well Runs Dry @ Pillsbury House & Theatre


With EVEN BIGGER NEWS COMING IN THE FALL!!!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WHY I LOVE THE SUMMER!!!

i'm back working with some of the greatest young people on the planet. the duke/collins brothers on the 612 summer grant. they are forces to be reckoned with. teen dynamos that are driven by their artistic passion to create change in their community. actor, writers, poets and choreographers they have pulled together a group from across the twin cities to celbrate their joys, frustrations and celebrate their hopes & dreams for the future.
also we had the most successful recruiting visit for the home school project ever! patricia, ahanti and jamila rocked the youth with their artistry, knowledge and passion. leading to 31 applications for the 5 week workshop! we start on monday stay tuned for the ride. i have great expectations for this year!!!!
finally we've got a brand new website that nust be seen to be believed. pillsburyhousetheatre.org  the excellent kelsye out did herself this time.

JayyDubb's upcoming projects :

(directing)The Hennepin County Home School Project @ Pillsbury House Theatre public performances 8/15 & 16, 2pm

(acting) Tarell Alvin McCraney's THE BROTHERS SIZE @ the Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theatre  9/8 through 9/29 ticket prices and performance time available @ pillsburyhousetheatre.org

Sunday, June 17, 2012



today is the closing of one best theatrical experiences i've had. Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! Thanks to all involved Allie, Stephen, Birdie, Ruben and all the staff and management at Signature Theatre thank you. Of course the real Mr. M the great Athol Fugard words cannot express my gratitude for your passion and dedication to the art and revolution, your words sing for all those who cannot. you made the right choice.