Friday, August 29, 2014

Time for a little break!







I'm in Charlotte NC for my nephew's wedding. It is a well deserved break and an excellent transition into a new phase for the family. In two week we bury our last parent our father Dan Sr. He was the last of his generation there are no uncles or aunts. We have become the elders. That's a heavy thought to sit with, you are now looked to for wisdom and guidance. You don't feel any smarter or wiser but it's your turn. But before then the family welcomes Jackie Willams (née Hall) with open arms. Whatever we have to offer is yours. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What a week!





Had one of those weeks. Started a new working relationship with Climb Theatre, directing a touring piece with 3 talented young actors. During our second day, got a call informing me of my father's passing. One of the great coincidences in life had been this kind of news always come while I'm at work. The blessing is it gives a way to focus the sorrow. So I celebrate Daniel Williams Sr. through art and am grateful for the healing it brings. Thanks daddy. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busy Bee!

Marcus rehearsals have started! Great blend of young and veteran actors. Helmed by the one and only Dr. Marion McClinton. Make sure you see the final show of the Brother/Sister trilogy. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Youth injections







For the next few months I have the honor of working with some talented young theatre artists through Pillsbury House & Theatre, Climb Theatre and Macalester College. After spending time working with at risk youth and under served populations, my goals are changing I'm looking forward to being surrounded by willing participants with an established respect for theatre. I loved what I did but am anticipating this new leg of the journey. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm back!





If you're thinking it's been a while since I've posted. You're right and I promise to do better. Here's what new. I'm no longer @ pillsbury house, (it was an amicable separation) thanks Faye and Noel for giving me an artistic home. Today I'm finishing my first fringe festival as an actor and it's been different. It is great to work with new young talent, thanks Ryan, Nastacia, Jamil & Sharif! It's been wonderful. On to finish the Brother-Sister plays. We start Marcus rehearsal on Tuesday looking forward to reuniting with Ogun Size and Marion McClinton. I'm assistant directing an original Christmas production of "Follow the Star" @ Speak The Word Church" I'm also directing at Macalester College this winter and fulfilling a dream by sharing the stage with the fabulous Linda Kelsey @ Park Square in the spring. New York is on hold and life is moving forward, there are other things in the hopper but I can't talk about them yet so stay tuned. 

Coming projects

Habibi"

Mn Fringe Festival

@ Intermedia Arts

Opening Night


"Marcus or the Secret of Sweet"

Pillsbury House Theatre production @

Dowling studio, Guthrie Theatre 

Pillsburyhousetheatre.org


September 12 to October 5



"Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act"

Macalester College 2015


The Other Place

Park Square Theatre

Spring 2015

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