As a part of the “Area Riffs” program that started March 17with “My Pleasure is Heavy!” by the Bengsons, Area Stage can be presenting “The Freewheelin’ Insurgents” beginning March 31, 2021. The play consists and directed by Psalmayene ‘Psalm’ 24.
Psalmayene 24 is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor. He’s presently the Andrew W. Mellon Basis Playwright in Residence at Mosaic Theater and the Doris Duke Artist in Residence at Studio Theatre. His directing credit embrace “Move Over” at Studio Theatre, “Native Son” at Mosaic, “Phrase Turns into Flesh” at Theater Alliance (the place he gained a Helen Hayes Award for Path), and “The Cargo “on the Discussion board. He was one of many writers (and likewise directed Area’s movie “Could 22, 2020.” He was one of many administrators for his or her movie “The 51st State.” Amongst his writing accomplishments is the play, “Les Deux Noirs,” which was nominated in 2020 for the Charles MacArthur Award for Excellent Unique New Play or Musical and likewise a Venturous Capital Grant recipient. His new play, “Pricey Mapel” will premiere this fall at Mosaic.
“The Freewheelin’ Insurgents” is a love letter to the Black Lives Matter motion and focuses on the ache of the pandemic in addition to the awakening of the racial injustice in our county. It’s joyful however helps us individually uncover our personal relationship to the U.s..
The solid contains Louis E. Davis as Church, Shannon Dorsey as Zora, Gary L. Perkins III as Noble, and Justin Weaks as Dante.
Mr. Davis is happy to be working once more and particularly with Psalmayene 24 at Area Stage on this piece. Louis is a latest recipient of the 2020 Helen Hayes Award for Excellent Lead Performer in a Play for his work in “Topdog/Underdog” (WSC Avant Bard). His previous credit embrace Folger Theatre’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Second Shepard’s Play;” Solas Nua’s “The Frederick Douglass Challenge;” Theater Alliance’s “Phrase Turns into Flesh,” “Dontrell,” and “Who Kissed the Sea;” Creativeness Stage’s “The Freshest Snow Whyte;” and Mosaic Theater’s “Appeal.”
MD Theatre Information had an opportunity to ask Louis E. Davis some questions on himself and the manufacturing.
The place are you from initially and the place do you reside now?
I’m from Baltimore, MD and reside in Greenbelt, MD
What’s your background, notably your music and theatrical coaching?
I’ve a B.F.A from Howard College the place I majored in Theatre Arts/Appearing. And music is life. It’s round us consistently in every thing. I’m all the time striving to hit the correct word.
What was your favourite manufacturing earlier than this one and why?
“Phrase Turns into Flesh” at Theater Alliance. It was a particular manufacturing from audition to now.
What drew you to this manufacturing?
Psalm. His expertise, writing, and imaginative and prescient are outstanding. I additionally labored within the Field Workplace at Area Stage for six years. So it’s household on each fronts.
This piece is filmed in black and white. Did you get pleasure from doing the present on this format?
Completely. The black and white matches the vitality of the script, which is indicative of the instances have been in. Can’t wait for folk to see it!
Area Stage continues to provide us excellent and ingenious productions on-line throughout the pandemic. At the moment, you’ll be able to watch “My Pleasure is Heavy” in addition to reserve tickets here for “The Freewheelin’ Insurgents” on March 31, 2021 at 7 p.m. and “A Extra Excellent Union,” written by award-winning composer, Rona Siddiqui, on April 14, 2021 at 7 p.m. All viewings are free. To seek out out extra about different productions and choices from Area Stage, go to their website.