DARASA: A Civil Rights Tribute in Song
Fresh from the 2nd Juneteenth Legacy Theatre Festival, Art Boundaries Unlimited was delighted to present a special performance of 19th Century Negro Spiritual Songs at the Players Club on June 20, 2012.
Directed by ABU-Founder Anita Gonzalez, Darasa received its New York premiere as part of Juneteenth Legacy’s 2nd Annual celebration of the African-American experience. The piece traces the quest for freedom.
By Lorna Littleway
Directed by Anita Gonzalez
Music Director Ivan Thomas
Assistant Director Kim Weston Moran
Performers: Angela Arnold*, Angela Polite*,
Gerald Latham, Antonio C. Culyer
*Appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
- ANGELA ARNOLD (AEA) is a veteran of several Juneteenth readings and productions including Nobody, 1stJuneteenth Festival; Motion and Location, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Juneteenth Blues Cabaret at South Street Seaport; and Faith, Hope and Charity: The Mary McLeod Bethune Story at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Other stage credits: The Wiz, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Asa Lovechild: Love’s Experience is available on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.com. http://www.angelasarnold.com/
- ANTONIO C. CUYLER makes his Juneteenth debut. He is a performer of opera, musical theatre, oratorio, Negro spirituals, and gospel. Stage credits: Into the Woods, The Coronation of Poppea, Gianni Schicchi, Anything Goes, Guys & Dolls, and Lil’ Abner; Oratorio: soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalm, and the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
- ANGELA POLITE (AEA) also makes her Juneteenth debut. Stage credits: Classical Theatre of Harlem, Trojan Women, Emancipation; and Abingdon Theater Company, Foggy Bottom; The Kennedy Center, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Fords Theatre, A Christmas Carol; Signature Theatre, The Gospel According to Fishman. She is also a gospel recording artist and is working on her first cd, “God’s Love Child.”
- ANITA GONZALEZ (SDC-Director) is also a writer and choreographer. Juneteenth credits: Nobody, 1st JuneteenthFestival. Her work has been on PBS, at Lincoln Center Out-of Doors, and Dance Theater Workshop. She is an Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz where she has staged: Blood Wedding, The Promise Keeper: a new translation of the Brazilian play by Alfredo Dias Gomes, Urinetown: The Musical, The Illusion.
- GERALD LATHAM makes his Juneteenth debut. Stage credits: The Widow and Miss Mamie, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (2011 AUDELCO nominee for best male performance in a musical.) Gerald has performed with Grammy Award artists Patti Labelle, Gerald Levert, Luther Vandross and was background vocalist for Grammy Award Winner Regina Belle for six years.
- IVAN THOMAS (Music Direction) is a veteran Juneteenth collaborator as music director and performer: JuneteenthBlues Cabaret at South Street Seaport, Purdue University, National Black Theater Festival and Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2011 AUDELCO nominee); Billy, Lena and The Duke: a Night of Ellington Music!, Nuyorican; Faith, Hope and Charity: The Mary McLeod Bethune Story, Nuyorican. Ivan is an adjunct professor at Essex County Community College in Newark, New Jersey.
- KIM WESTON MORAN (Assistant Director) is also an actress, producer and teacher. She was Director-in-Residence, Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center’s (’05/06). She is Associate Producer for National Black Touring Circuit, Inc., facilitates The Actor//Writers’ Gym and teaches ‘The Basics of Acting” for Negro Ensemble Co.
- LORNA LITTLEWAY (book) is a member of the Dramatist Guild and a 2002 DG Fellow. Her musical efforts include: Juneteenth Blues Cabaret (2011 AUDELCO nominee best musical), Billy, Lena and The Duke: a Night of Ellington Music! and The Best of the Genius of Ray.
This was a DONATION-BASED event at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park, NYC on June 20th 2012 at 7pm. Proceeds benefited Art Boundaries projects and artists.