The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao & Down These Mean Streets
The Bago Bunch presents for one night only a double-feature of stage-adaptations of two pieces of literary works, by Pulitzer Prize award winner Junot Diaz critically-acclaimed author Piri Thomas.
FEATURED AS PART OF THE 2011 TeatroStageFest AND 2011 UPTOWN ARTS STROLL!
Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center Hosts The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life stage presentations of:
DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS
By Piri Thomas
Performed by Jamil Mena
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman
Doors open at 4:30 PM
Show starts at 5:00 PM
This stage production adapts Piri Thomas' powerful 1967 memoir, in which he emerges from a street life of drugs and crime and finds the talent and soul within to not only survive, but to enrich the lives of others. Solo-actor Jamil Mena brilliantly brings to life the irrepressible rhythm of the author's voice -- jazzy prose, rich in Hispanic rhythms and beat-generation slang.
1-HOUR RECEPTION AT 6:30 PM
Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be provided for audience members who attend both shows.
La Casa Azul Bookstore will have copies of THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO & DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS available for purchase.
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
By Junot Diaz
Performed by Elvis Nolasco
Adapted and Directed by Elise Thoron
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 7:30 PM
WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY JUNOT DIAZ
Adapted from Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this riveting stage performance by New York-Dominican actor Elvis Nolasco chronicles the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and understanding the curse that has plagued his family for generations.
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO and DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS are center pieces of The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life, a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works.
Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabbaz Memorial & Educational Center
New York, NY 10032
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|