Come see Saycon Sengbloh in Hurt Village! I’m so excited to tell everyone about the new daring and extraordinary piece by Katori Hall. I’m thrilled to be a part of this show at the New Signature theatre. The language and characters in Hurt Village are something that has not been seen on the American theatrical landscape in a very long time perhaps since Melvin Van Peeple’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, or Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Hurt Village is not a musical though the musical influence of hip-hop pulses through the veins of this ghetto story set in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m playing the role of Toyia a girl who works at the local “shake junt” and is fiercely protective of her man, her body, and her baby. With costumes by Clint Ramos I’m having a ball wearing clothes from all of hip-hop’s fashion moguls (Sean John, Fetish, an House of Dereon). And sharing a stage with New York’s hottest up and coming talents, like Lloyd Watts, Charlie Hudson III, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Nicholas Christopher, Corey Hawkins, Ron Cephas Jones, Joaquina Kalukango , and Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins directed by Patricia McGregor! Choreography by Daniel Price. Come out and witness this new work!
Check out some of the reviews below:
“Five Stars! Exceptional! This is theatre that throbs with life, and quickens the pulse and mind!”
Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“A rousing, latter-day response to A Raisin in the Sun! Vividly acted! [The actors] inhabit David Gallo’s evocative urban-jungle jumble of a set (and Clint Ramos’s sociologically exact costumes) with fervent and affecting conviction. And they make sure we feel the emotional double edge with which their characters regard one another.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times
“An original theatre voice!”
Linda Winer, Newsday
“A terrifically exciting work by a playwright with something to say!”
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“Thoroughly sensational! Obligatory viewing! Under direction by Patricia McGregor as fierce as Katori Hall’s writing, the cast makes a strong bid for a best-ensemble prize!”
David Finkle, Theatermania.com
“Makes you stand up and pay attention!”
Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post
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2012 has started with a bang. Had no idea I’d be introduced to the urban ballet known as “JOOKING” in 2012. Its been an exciting week in New York City, soaking up the southern sounds, booming bass, and mystical rhythms as we embark upon a journey to the Hurt. Hurt Village is a play written by Katori Hall but it is a play that takes a small yet poignant slice of Memphis, African-American life and brings it to life with all the joys, sorrow, and music it can. We are getting an introductory dance course in jookin’ via Master Jook-King Daniel Price.
Each day after studying lines and doing blocking we put on our sneakers to get our dancing toes wiggling. Before you ask, nooo, our show, Hurt Village is not a musical, its a play a very urban, real play with a lil’ southern hip-hop thrown into the mix –BUT. .. what is life in Memphis, Tennessee without music. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Justin Timberlake, and B.B. King had their start on the Memphis music scene.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee A little known fact the capital of ancient Egypt was known as Memphis as well, and how befitting considering the moves and isolation that include ankle throws and g-walking can resemble at times the hieroglyphics that are famously found on the walls of ancient Egyptian canvases. I enjoyed working with Daniel. His laid back, yet intense spirit was a welcome southern vibe in a room full of angsty New Yorkers, he reminding me of some of my peoples from Atlanta. I look forward to following his career and seeing where life takes Daniel next!
If you click the photo on the upper right you’ll see a video of Daniel in action ( parental advisory on the lyrics but the moves are hot!)
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Continuing the holiday fever! and Christmas spirit! I’ll be doing my first “Warrior”in-store event at Hueman bookstore! This will include musical performance, CD, Poster/Calendar signing with purchase and a great Question & Answer! A chance to ask all the things you ever wanted to know about, music, and theater. Families are welcome! We’re excited to announce with a single purchase of a Saycon CD or Poster you will be entered to win 2 free tickets to see Katori Hall’s newest play HURT VILLAGE! Katori’s current play MOUTAINTOP is currently starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett on Broadway! I can’t wait to see you there!
This week has been a ton of fun with alot of hard work. I am missing my family dearly during this holiday season so I’m sending love to Georgia and New Jersey!Thanks to Marty Gould Cummings and Anthony Hollock I had so much fun raising money for the Ali Forney Center and had a ball singing with new band members, on the same bill with Nicholas Ryan Gant, Jahi Kearse, and Roderick Covington thanks to the help of Charles Browning the show at Nectar was a success. Special thanks to Dahgrib! An announcement has also gone out regarding my participation in Katori Hall’s new play, “Hurt Village” premiering in New York in February! I’m looking forward to doing a new and challenging role and excited to work with Miss. Patricia McGregor and I can’t believe the show currently boasts 3 former students of Freddie Hendricks, Tri-Citie Highschool and YEA, myself along with Godspell’s Joaquina Kalukango and Amari Cheatom along with the awesome Tony Award winning Tonya Pinkins whom I just saw in Milk Like Sugar! This show touches on some serious topics including the treatment of U.S. army vets post war and the effects of regentrification on a southern project apartment complex and its raucous residents. It’s definitely a character that people have not seen me do. Along with that I’m thrilled to announce the Irie Girl: Saycon 2012 Calendar is now available on http://Cafepress.com/saycon with photos by Asantewaa Ricks and photo editing by Anthony Stewart, set up through Cafepress. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqdsXJjq0cc We had so much fun shooting the calendar along with promo videos! Check them out. My hope is that this is another opportunity for followers of the music and shows can enjoy, fun to create and inspiring. I ask that friends and family please share a store link among your friends and cohorts to help support independent artists. The Saycon Online Boutique features an Everday Warrior journal and also other calendars and t-shirts that are great for making 2012 the best it can be! My prayer is that it will be amazing for you and your family! Shine in 2012!