Saturday, September 17, 2016
Marvin X monologue from his play One Day in the Life, a docudrama of his addiction and recovery from Crack--"It's the most powerful drama I've seen," said Ishmael Reed
On September 30 and October 1, 2016, Marvin X makes a rare return to the stage when he will perform the opening monologue in Donald Lacy's play Color Struck at the Laney College Theatre, where he taught drama in 1981 and produced his play In the Name of Love, a myth-ritual dance drama, featuring Ayodele Nzinga, Zahieb Mwongozi, Doris Knight, dancers Rahema, Yemanja, Johnsana and Gardenia, some of the finest dancers Oakland has produced, aside from the Queen Ruth Beckford, Ellendar Barnes, Devorah Vaughn, Linda Johnson, et al., not to mention dancers/choreographers Marvin X worked with such as Whisteria, Nisa Ra, Raymond Sawyer, Ed Mock,Raynetta Rayzetta (the master interpreter of his poetry) and Master musician/choreographer Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Sun Ra arranged the musical version of his BAM classic Flowers for the Trashman, renamed Take Care of Business. Marvin X produced a five hour performance of Take Care of Business at San Francisco's Harding Theatre on Divisadero Street, with a cast of fifty and without intermission. Choreographers were Ellendar Barnes and Raymond Sawyer. With their dancers, the Sun Ra Myth-Science Arkestra and the Black Educational Theatre actors, the cast was fifty performers. See the Sun Reporter archives for their review of this Marvin X production. The Bay Area will enjoy a rare performance by the Grand Master of the Black Arts Movement when Marvin X opens for Donald Lacy's Color Struck. Don't miss this show in the Laney College Theatre on September 30 and October 1.