Black Poetry: The Stage Play
Black Poetry is a play written to inspire, touch and reach the masses. From adolescents to seniors, from the educated to the less fortunate Black Poetry is a motivational work of art. There are 6 lives, 6 different stories, and 6 views of life. Including both personal triumphs and downfalls, each story is told through Poetry, Dance, Music and Song. This is a production that talks about Adversity, Strength, Love, Dreams, and Overcoming. The poems and songs are all written and performed by local artists. Black Poetry is more than just a title it is a concept. Derived from the thoughts of the creator Joseph "Church da'Poet" Churchwell, Black Poetry is a metaphor for the story of Life. His idea was to change the view on what is considered “black poetry”. In doing so he took the title to a level that challenges conscious understanding. Deeper than a play on words, he created a dynamic play performed half in light and half in total darkness. Giving you what is now called Black Poetry.
Herstory of Love: A Stronger Daye
H.E.R.S.tory of Love is a story of strength, overcoming and new possibilities. The story centers on Kim and Tina, two women who have survived physical and sexual abuse. Facing current and past loves they find healing through their friendship and poetry. These two women show us what many women face after abuse. Together they give hope and inspire everyone to find the courage within themselves to no longer be victims but survivors. This play seeks to challenge attitudes, values, behaviors, and misconceptions about sexual assault and domestic violence in hopes to decrease assaults and increase awareness. The first version of this play was “A Stronger Daye” based on the life story of poet, activist, advocate, and abuse and assault survivor Monica Daye. The latest version of the play is entitled “Through his eyes”.
Definition of a Hero
A Black Poetry Theatre Presentation
"Definition of a Hero,” a poetic theatre piece dealing with the perceptions of a hero while examining the complex relationships between fathers and sons. It stars Joseph "Church da Poet" Churchwell, Dasan Ahanu, Elliot "Axiom" and vocalist Chauncey Taylor. Their combination of rhyme, rhythm and music coupled with their originality and eloquent words makes for an evening filled with thought-provoking theatre. Written by Dasan Ahanu, the production features original pieces performed by national spoken word artists and poets. This is another Black Poetry Theatre production.