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Vivian's Music 1969
Anacostia Playhouse
Washington, DC
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Friday Jul 05, 2019 7:30 PM - Sunday Jul 28, 2019 6:00 PM | $15.00 - $38.99


Vivian's Music 1969
Based on true events, Vivian's Music 1969, is about a bubbly 14-year-old bundle of energy named Vivian, the mysterious jazz legend Luigi Wells, and the racial tensions of a segregated American city in 1969 that all combine in this fantasia on, race, music, and family. Vivian is shot in the back of the head during a protest by a white cop inciting one of the worst race riots the United States has ever seen. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend whos back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other, before the city explodes?

Edinburgh Fringe Festival review: "A moment of theatrical brilliance." Gareth Vile, The List.

About the Artists

Kailah S. King (Vivian) is a graduate from CUNY Lehman with a BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts. Her most recent theatre credits include The Floor Is Lava (La Mama E.T.C) and Vivians Music, 1969 (59E59 Theaters and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, etc). She has performed in numerous staged readings, such as Destination: Ooh, Aah, Yummy (The Actor's Studio), Chosen Child (E.A.T. Festival), Last Night and The Night Before (The Labyrinth Theatre), a number of play festivals (The One-Minute Play Festival at The New Ohio Theatre, Napping Pods for NY Summerfest at The Hudson Guild, and various short films and video sketches. @kaleuhstar

Russell Jordan* (Luigi) is New York Innovative Theatre Awards recipient and a two-time Planet Connections Theatre Festivity outstanding actor award recipient, who has performed the role of Luigi in the 2015 staged reading of My Occasion of Sin, an earlier work from which Vivian's Music, 1969 is derived; in a 2017 staged reading at Emerging Artists Theatre; and in full productions in 2018 at 59E59 Theaters, Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and in full productions in 2019 at Guild Hall, and Garde Arts Center. TV: FBI, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods. @russjordan

Glory Kadigan (Director)  founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and served as The Producing Artistic Director for six seasons.  She is a member of the Actors Studio Directing Unit, Alum of the La Mama Umbria Playwriting Symposium and Director Symposium, Alum of Labyrinth Theater Company Master Class and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. . She recently directed THE FLOOR IS LAVA (La Mama), CLOVER by Erik Ehn at La MaMa, BANK by Lucy Thurber (PFAC), MEAN GIRLS by Lyle Kessler (PFAC), and BITING THE BULLET by Regina Taylor.

Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Design) Off-Broadway: Dear Jane and In Bed With Roy Cohn (Perry St.), If Only (Cherry Lane), Ay Carmela! (Repertorio EspaƱol). US/Canada Tours: Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility, and Our Trojan War (Aquila Theatre); The Hungry Hungry Games (Mills Entertainment). TV and Film: PBS TV documentaries, Show & Tell Tango, The Mall, Martys Shadow, My Dinner With Schwartzey. @AndyEvanCohen

Benjamin Ehrenreich (Lighting Designer) REGIONAL: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins (Berkshire Theatre Group) Owners (Yale Repertory Theatre). NYC: Playwrights for a Cause 2016-2017, PharmaBro, Safe by Penny Jackson (Planet Connections), Clover by Erik Ehn (La Mama), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Gallery Players). Allen Lee Hughes Light Fellow at Arena Stage, MFA in Lighting Design, Yale School of Drama.

Janet Mervin (Costumes) Two-time Planet Connections Outstanding Costume Design Award winner. Selected projects: Basement by Michael Hagins, Whorticulture by Emma Sherman-Goldman, Committed by Natalie Menna. Planet Connections Theater Festivity:  Horse by Janet Bentley, The Chaplin Plays by Don Nigro. Other off-off Broadway, The Troubador Struck by Lightning by Ed Malin (Fringe NYC), and Lost/Not Found by Kirby Fields (UP Theater).

Monica Bauer (playwright)  Selected credits: My Occasion of Sin, Urban Stages (Winner, Emerging Playwright Award), Made for Each Other: Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo. Chosen Child,  Boston Playwrights Theatre  (nominated, Best New Play, Independent Reviewers of  New England), Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip, Planet Connections Theater Festivity (winner, Best New Comedy). Full production history, awards, and publications at www.monicabauer.com

*member, Actors Equity Association: The Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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Anacostia Playhouse (View)
2020 Shannon Place SE
Washington, DC 20020
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Folk
Music > Jazz
Other > Political
Social > Adult
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 9
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Essential Theatre
On BPT Since: Aug 20, 2010
The Essential Theatre

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