Monday, July 26, 2010

Black Arts West Theatre On the Move

Third Eye Video presents


Marvin X

reading and signing his latest books

Pull Yo Pants Up fada Black Prez
The Wisdom of Plato Negro

Friday, August 6, 7pm
6040 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Donation $10.00

Accompanied by Rashidah Sabreen, guitar, vocals, Elliott Bey, keyboards,Raynetta Rayzetta,choreographer/dancer, Paradise, poet/reader, Mechelle LaChaux, singer/reader, Valarie Harvey, reader, Talibah, reader

The Wisdom of Plato Negro, Parables/fables is at once both gutsy and crude, vulgar and righteous, bodacious and common. Marvin X tares at your heart while piling crap on your head. He makes you want to kiss somebody, or kill him. One comes from this encounter with the surrealism that is both art and reality, imagery and observations. His parables tell stories meant to both inform and reform, while his fables are remarkable in their almost real, yet imaginary, paradoxes that confront the reader, and his musings makes one wonder if it is live or Memorex. Marvin X gives us his blood, sweat and tears –each page a little more of himself. Thanks my brother for the journey, the insanity, the righteousness, the vulgarity, and the taste of soul.

--Dr. Rodney D. Coates

Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland. --Ishmael Reed

He's the USA's Rumi! He’s got the humor of Pietri, the politics of Baraka, and the spiritual Muslim grounding that is totally new in English –- the ecstasy of Hafiz, the wisdom of Saadi. --Bob Holman, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

Is Marvin X a parable or fable? We doubt a Marvin X exists. We double doubt there is a Plato Negro.
--Amiri Barak

San Francisco Theater Festival, Sunday August 8th, 2010 at Yerba Buena Gardens. Free Admission!

Marvin X and associates Ayodele Nzingha, Lower Bottom Playaz, and Geoffrey Grier, SF Recovery Theatre, perform in the festival. See schedule below.

11:40 12:10 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) Lower Bottom Playaz Flowers by Marvin X– A circa 1960 Black Arts dramatic short that interrogates the silence between a father and son.
12:20 12:50 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) Lower Bottom Playaz Queen – A view of the world from the fractured mind of Graffiti Queen, the self proclaimed Dear Abby of the John.
1:00 1:30 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) Lower Bottom Playaz Mama – A sharply drawn voyeuristic examination of HIV, family secrets and the threat of an imminent implosion in the Jefferson household.
1:40 2:10 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) SF Recovery Theatre The Spot – Critically acclaimed story of young lovers trapped in urban society a’la West Side Story.
2:20 2:50 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) SF Recovery Theatre Jet – A portrait of a nicotine addict and true story, explores the healthcare system from a consumer perspective.
3:00 3:30 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) SF Recovery Theatre The Dutchman – SF Recovery Theatre players put a new twist on this OBIE award winning play by Amiri Baraka.
3:40 4:10 Screening Rm (Upstairs fm. Forum) SF Recovery Theatre A Soldiers Play – Introducing SF Recovery Theatre’s BayView Playaz in this classic murder mystery by Charles Fuller.
4:25-4:55 SOMA Room Metreon 2nd Floor The Wisdom of Plato Negro, Marvin X, Reader's Theatre:: Mechelle LaChaux, Rashidah Sebreen, Valerie Harvey, Paradise, Elliott Bey, Raynetta Rayzetta, Talibah, Marvin X A dramatic reading of the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables by Marvin X. A Production of Academy of Da Corner Reader's Theatre.

San Francisco Theater Festival - Sunday July 26, 2009

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