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B2: Hotlist! #61

Greetings Community,

Happy New Year to you all, sending you love and light that 2012 will be a great year for everyone.  The following will serve as the 1st Blog of 2012, can’t believe we are here but we are.  There are already great shows lined up, some have been running and some will be opening soon.  Let’s plan to support as many shows, Artists etc that we can.  Make your reservations early and I will see you all behind the lights.

As Always,





Coincidents is the final opera by renowned composer, improviser, and violinist/violist Leroy Jenkins. Through song, documentary footage, interviews, and video art, the opera explores whether two people from radically different worlds — Jenkins, a son of the Great Migration who grew up in the hustle of Chicago, and Griffin, who grew up in Wales during the German air raids of WWII — could possibly be related.

Jenkins and Griffin use the lens of personal biographic details to look at universal issues of human identity and the great diasporas of history and the present day, the assumption or infliction of a new identity as a necessary adaptation to place, and the search for sustaining connections — to our ancestors and to each other.

Coincidents, A New Opera
Music: Leroy Jenkins

Libretto & Video: Mary Griffin
Graphics, Video & Video Design: Hisao Ihara
Musical Direction/piano: Myra Melford
Vocal Direction: Chris Berg
Singers: Diana Solomon Glover, Steven Herring, Robert Hughes, Peter Stewart

Performance Schedule
Saturday, Jan 5 @ 7pm
Sunday, Jan 6 @ 7pm
Monday, Jan 7 @ 7pm
Tuesday, Jan 8 @ 7pm
Wednesday, Jan 9 @ 7pm

Tickets: $10 or complimentary for APAP* participants.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at Third Avenue, Brooklyn

For tickets, more information and map: www.roulette.org /917.267.0368

APAP conference participants should rsvp directly to providenceprod@gmail.com. For travel arrangements, please contact Amy Cassello at 203-510-8420.

2/3/4/5/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal or A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerman.

*For more information about APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) and its 2012 conference in NYC, Jan 6-10, visit www.apapnyc.org.

Production support for Coincidents is provided by Providence Productions International, a 501(c)3 organization which solicits and administers grants from private and public agencies and tax-free contributions from individual donors. Providence Productions, Inc. 115 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.




Andy Milne – piano/keyboards/vocals
Aaron Kruziki – reeds/vocals, John Moon – poet
Chris Tordini – bass/vocals
Kenny Grohowski – drums/guitar

Saturday, January 7th
8:45pm – 9:35pm
WinterJazzFest – The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St. (between Thompson & La Guardia Pl)

WinterJazzFest Ticket info:
One Day pass = $35 / Two Day pass = $45


Thurs, Jan 12: Steve James visits STF with the most acclaimed documentary of last year THE INTERRUPTERS (see the Monday Memo for more).

Now is the time to buy a STF Season Pass and get all 10 films below for $100 ($80 for IFC members), plus free popcorn at all STF shows, and a free DVD from Docurama. To purchase, follow the ticket links below.

The Interrupters


THURSDAY Jan. 12 @ 8pm

Q&A with director Steve James     

Hoop Dreams director Steve James delivers another non-fiction epic set on the streets of Chicago, following an organization called CeaseFire, comprised largely of former gang members who are trying to break the cycle of urban violence. James, teaming up with producer Alex Kotlowitz, author of the acclaimed book There Are No Children Here, immerses us into a world that feels like a real-life version of The Wire.

Buy tickets or season pass here (click on 8:00pm)    


Do not miss AZIZA this month………

Tuesday – January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 – NUTTIN’ BUT THE BLUES   



Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century Tuesday, January 17, 2012 , 6:30 PM Dwyer Cultural Center


6:30 PM

Effective Grant Writing for the 21st Century

Explore the basics of effective grant-writing. This workshop is designed to help artists and arts administrators build the strongest case for their projects to public and private funding sources. Workshop will focus on developing clear project outlines; budget presentation and researching grant/funding sources.

Presenter: Shoshanah D Goldberg, MBA, Management Consultant for Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Sponsorship & Cultural Policy Analysis

Location: Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue, enter on West 123 Street


B2: Review – Stick Fly

Greetings Community,

So I had the pleasure to see Stick Fly with our new Blogger: Joseph Riley Land and let me say what a treat it was.  Even more so for me because I didn’t have to worry about writing this review, but I digress.  Stick Fly opens tonight, Thursday December 8th 2011 @ the Cort Theatre.  Get your tickets now, wether it’s for yourself or as a Holiday gift and I will see you all behind the lights!

As Always,


Review by Joseph Riley Land:

“I must be seen.” That’s a line from the last scene of playwright Lydia R. Diamond’s searing new Broadway offering, Stick Fly, and it resonates throughout the Cort Theatre. It resonates in my ears, days after seeing the play. It… resonates. In a world where the concept of the nuclear family is shattered, ideas of race, class, identity, love and the infrastructure of the Black Family come into question. The play, which has been dancing around off-Broadway since 2006, is set to open Thursday, December 8, directed by Broadway veteran Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Fences).

The opening scene establishes very quickly, and very certainly, that the LeVay family is extremely wealthy. Not nouveau riche; they come from old money and the family continues to do well, with Dr. Joseph LeVay (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) heading the family. His son Flip (Mekhi Phifer in his Broadway debut) is a plastic surgeon and his other son, Kent (Dulé Hill) is… well, well-educated, with numerous degrees under his belt, but no real job to back them up. He does have, however, a finished manuscript for his first novel. It’s a long weekend in the summer of 2005 and the LeVay boys bring their significant others (Rosie Benton playing Flip’s girlfriend Kimber and Tracie Thoms playing Kent’s fiancé Taylor) to visit the family in Martha’s Vineyard. Not Oak Bluffs, the Black enclave in the Vineyard, but the ritzy White side of the island – a point that is driven home to, once again, clarify that these are rich folks. Rounding out the cast is Condola Rashad in the role of Cheryl.

Overall, the cast does an excellent job, working with extremely well-written material. Hill starts out a bit stiff, but as the play progresses, he seems to ease into the rhythm. Phifer, too, at times seems stiff, but seems to have a firmer grasp. Santiago-Hudson plays his role with such ease, one would think he had played Joe LeVay for years, not days. Benton, on the other hand, has played the role of Kimber before and it shows. In what would stereotypically be a formulaic role (she’s the white girlfriend), Benton fleshes out her character, making her quite different than popular culture has taught us to expect from such a role. The heart of the play, however, is the duality of Thoms’ and Rashad’s characters, both outsiders; one trying to fit in and the other not already there. Both women give bravura performances, one hyperactive and the other nuanced.

Race matters are bandied about, but this play is primarily about class and identity. Look no further than the tone used when speaking to Cheryl (the daughter of the family’s long-time maid). Both Joseph and Flip are clear on the hierarchy when addressing her and poor Taylor cannot seem to get it right and comes across condescending even when she thinks she’s trying to be helpful. And, even more clearly, each character clarifies their invisibility, their lack of identity. Joe is living in his wife’s family’s home, and well-aware that it will never be known as “the LeVay House.” Kent could stand on his head and recite the entirety of “Gray’s Anatomy” and his dad wouldn’t care. Taylor’s dad pretty much ignored her from the time she came out of the womb. Cheryl, too, was ignored from childhood. Everyone is trying to find his/her voice. At times the play evokes thoughts of Ellison’s Invisible Man and his struggle for relevance.

It’s refreshing to see a story about a black family that – while still drama-filled and engaging – does not embrace the clichés that have been force-fed to us and now have become the expected. Perry’s Madea would have no place with these characters: they understand the power of nuance. Things that would, in other, less capable hands, be gratuitous or clumsily handled, are dealt with in a deftness that really makes one appreciate the intelligence of the theatre. And, wish that television and film would take notes.

Go see Stick Fly. You will enjoy it. More than likely, it will resonate.



B2: Review: Lillias White At Aaron Davis Hall

Greetings Community,

I’m thrilled to announce that we have added a new member to the B2: Productions team.  Joseph Riley Land is our new blogger.  I will of course continue to write the email blasts about upcoming shows etc. but Joseph will be handling the blog aspect and writting about your various shows.  So if you have an upcoming event/show and would like to have it reviewed and/or covered  for our subscribers please reach out to me and we will make it happen.  So with that in mind, here is the first contribution by Joseph Riley Land…enjoy…and see you all behind the lights!

As Always,



I’m going to admit my ignorance. I went to Aaron Davis Hall Friday night knowing only one thing about the featured performer, Lillias White, and that was that she is a Tony Award winner. All of that changed during the course of the ninety-minute show that ran through roughly a dozen songs and not one, not two, but three – yes, three – standing ovations. From a New York audience. I was impressed. I was also her “Big Fat Daddy,” but we’ll get to that in a minute. The show started out with White introducing the band and very graciously thanking everyone for being there.

She then proceeded to pay tribute – pour libations – to “those who have moved on,” listing names of performers who have passed in recent years, then asking the audience to join in. From there she moved into a collection of songs that ranged from covers of Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson to classic Broadway show tunes.

At times bawdy, at times humble, White worked the stage – and the audience – like the veteran she is. She danced. She did high kicks that would make half the Rockettes jealous. She showed out. And then, then came… Irene Reid’s “Big Fat Daddy.” I saw it the second she started the song. She was singing to me, looking me squarely in the eyes. She moved around the stage, singing, dancing, shaking, shimmying, doing all of the things a lady does when she sings a song about a man who gets her going. She traded her mic for a cordless one, came to the front of the stage, standing directly in front of me and said, “Come here.” What’s a reviewer to do but comply?

After her first standing O, White moved back to the stage, and tore into more classics. It’s easy to see (and hear) why this woman has an Emmy and a Tony on her mantle (not to mention the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards). As the kick-off performance of the season, the folks at Aaron Davis Hall couldn’t have chosen a better performance. The theater was packed, the audience enthralled and Miss White picked up at least one new fan.


Two Great Artists….Two Great Shows!

Greetings Community,

I’m so excited to let you know, if you don’t already, and remind you if you do about two incredible shows.  Tony Award Winner Ms. Lillias White will bring her outstanding talents to Aaron Davis Hall in concert on Friday, November 4th, 2011 followed by Broadway’s Chester Gregory & Friends with special guest Jared Grimes rocking out The Traid on Monday, November 7th, 2011.  Mark your calendars for two great nights of music.  These are two of Broadway’s finest so let’s show them our love and support.  How you ask….good question… purchase your tickets in advance, forward this to your individual email lists and post to your social networks; facebook, twitter, tumblr etc.  I know that it would mean alot to both of them to have your support and to see you in the house.  It would make me happy too…fyi….so see you all behind the lights!

As Always,



I told you that there would be some surprises at Chester’s show on Monday, well we have just added some excited Artists to the bill:
Broadway’s Joshua Henry
(The Wiz, Scottsborro Boy’s, American Idiot)
Broadway, Film & Recording Artist Sasha Allen
(Whistle Down The Wind,  Hair and the movie Camp)
Television, Film & Broadway Artist Chaz Shepherd
(Star Search, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) 
Tony Award Winner Ms. Lillias White
(Barnum, The Life, Once On This Island, Chicago,  Dreamgirls, FELA)
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