AfroSolo Arts Festival 29 - Program 3: TRAIN STORIES
Sat Jun 10 2023 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Potrero Stage | San Francisco, CA
About this Event
29th AfroSolo Arts Festival
June 9 and 10, 2023, 7pm PDT Performed
Potrero Stage Theatre & Simulcast Online/On-Demand thru June 30th
1695 - 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Admission: Free (Live and Simulcast)
“TRAIN STORIES” Three men, three stories, one American Legacy.
The final weekend of the 29th Annual AfroSolo Arts Festival features an original play by Wayne Harris. A passionate storyteller, Wayne delivers a runaway locomotive of a play that pulses with the mesmerizing rhythms, dreams, and contradictions of those who ply their trade on the railroad. Each of three men tell their own chilling take of the events of Spring 1948. While they give their individual account of a particular event, the play itself speaks to the complicated connection African-Americans have as a result of slavery and legislation. It poses the question: How do Black men find their place in America, with all of its challenge, while maintaining their dignity and pride?
Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. His plays include Mother’s Milk, which was both an homage to his mother and a nuanced picture of St. Louis during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Mother’s Milk ran for 14 Weeks in San Francisco and garnered a Fringe Award at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. In The May Day Parade, Wayne fused his love for drum and bugle corps with his personal childhood battle with polio. Wayne was invited by the U.S. State Department to travel to the Middle East and perform his play, The Letter; Martin Luther King at the Crossroads. Wayne is currently Program Director for The Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco, CA serving underprivileged students in after-school programs and Summer Camps.
Tony Cyprien found the stage through improv 11 years ago. Supportive teachers nudged him toward the stage where he won his first MOTH StorySlam and created a new story for the GrandSlam. He would go on to be invited to two Moth Mainstage performances and for selection on NPR Moth Radio. Other invited storytelling performances of original material included “Bay Area Storytelling Hijacked” (BASH) at Shotgun Players Theater and the “Gather” where invited storytellers collaborated with BATS improvisers. Support, encouragement, and collaboration have included the Marin Shakespeare Company’s Returned Citizens Theater Troupe and the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project.
Kirk Waller plays the role of John Henry in Train Stories, is excited to be a part of this production. Kirk has been involved in storytelling, solo performance and theatre for over 25 years. Recently Kirk played Troy Maxson in Pittsburg Theatre Company's production of August Wilson's Fences, which he won Best Performer in a Play (Broadway World 2022). His performances has carried him across across the country and beyond. Kirk is a proud papa of two young men and is recently remarried.
Where is it happening?Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, United States
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