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Bring the Beat Back
Brooklyn, NY
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Bring the Beat Back
Bring the Beat Back is an energetic music-theater experience, set in a funky futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality. Inspired by Afrofuturism, house music and the underground ball scene, the show follows a young man struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. The hero journeys towards spiritual affirmation and self-discovery as conservative religious authorities and an ostentatious queer subculture clash over the music at the center of his world.

Friday, April 21 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm

tru believers know mamaship megarhythmic will save them from the end of times. But you cant get on if you cant get downand somebody done stole da beat!

Playwright: Derek Lee McPhatter
Director: Christopher Burris
Costume Design and Make-Up: Rhonney Greene
Producer: Bryan E. Glover, Earthseed Visions
Co-Producers: Under the Spell Productions, Inc., Myra Boone
Guest artist music collaborators: ALEXA GRÆ, avery r. young, Lamar Juslove Smith, Hijo Pródigo and DJ Alinka and Shaun J. Wright of TWIRL Recordings.

Derek Lee McPhatter (Playwright): Alongside Bring the Beat Back, recent plays include: This App is Not the Business, a cyberspace corporate America dramedy, and Life Hack: A Geek Boy Fever Dream. Derek is a 2016-2018 I Am Soul Resident Playwright with Dr. Barbara Ann Teers National Black Theatre in Harlem, and was an inaugural playwright with the Obie award-winning The Fire This Time Festival. The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Horse Trade Theater Group, and Harlem9 are among the organizations that have presented his work, with awards from the Jerome Foundation, Harlem Stage, and the United States Embassy in the U.K., with three plays published by Indie Theater Now. Derek holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Morehouse College and a Masters of Arts in Humanities from New York University. He is originally from Pickerington, Ohio and splits his time between Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. derekleemcphatter.com

Christopher Burris (Director) is an artist and educator. Hes an adjunct professor at Pace University, a trainer with Ovation Communications, and a member of Home in the Time of Brooklyn (651 Arts). He directed THE BROTHERS SIZE at Luna Stage which has received five 2016 Broadway World Award nominations including Best Play and Best Director. Other directing credits include the world premiere of GEESE (Samuel D. Hunter) at The Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage, and WHEN WE WAKE UP DEAD (Dennis A. Allen II) at Brooklyn College. Christopher directed POTATO SALAD (Keith Josef Adkins) for the inaugural year of the Obie-winning 48 Hours in Harlem, as well as the first four years of Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival, culminating in their premiere full-length production, LORDS RESISTANCE (Camille Darby). Acting credits include television (The Guiding Light, Damage Control, As the World Turns), stage (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse), commercials (Dr. Scholls, ESPN360, NY Post), and voice-overs (Grand Theft Auto V, McDonalds, AT&T). AEA Member. SDC Associate Member. Twitter/Instagram: @misterburris

Rhonney Greene (Costume Design and Make-Up) is a multi-hyphenate creative artist and has worked on numerous film and television programs as a costume designer, supervisor and key costumer, including: The Avengers, Shots Fired, Marshall, Nurse Jackie, The Haves and Have Nots and Elementary, to name a few. Currently, he is the Costume Designer of MTV's teen drama Finding Carter. He co-founded Under the Spell Productions in 2005and serves as Artistic Director of the company. He was a featured director in the 2016 Season of 48 Hours in Harlem Festival. Additional credits include world premieres of Fantasy Girl and It Goes Unsaid, Under the Spells signature show, which has been performed at UCLAs Raw Performing Arts Series, The Poets Den (Harlem) and Londons Institute of Contemporary Arts (U.K.). He also co-created and directed Under the Spells first web-series, Shes Out of Order which won the best guest actress award at LA WEBFEST 2015. Acting experience includes a starring role in the equity musical showcase, Dance Bojangles Dance.

Bryan E. Glover (Producer) is an arts producer, filmmaker, and writer who has supported the arts and emerging artists for over 25 years. He is a founding member of Harlem9, and is an inaugural fellow in the Field Leadership Funds Arts Management Fellowship. He has worked with musicians, choreographers, performance artists, and playwrights in a variety of contexts and cities.Previous NYCproductions include:First Dark Drama(Co-producer, Ontological Theater, August 2006);A Love Like Damiens(Associate Producer, Here Arts Theater, November 2006);It Goes Unsaid(Producer, Poets Den, July 2007);Monstah Black and the Sonic Leroy: Submerged in Blue(producer, various venues, 2010); andA Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People(Producer, FringeNYC, 2010). Learnabout hiswork as a professional leadership and life coach atwww.bryaneglover.com.


505 1/2 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States


Arts > Theatre

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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