i grew up a total theater nerd. i was always naturally dramatic, but there was just something so exciting about morphing into a person so different from yourself, if only for an hour.
here in nyc, we’re never at a loss for theatrical performances, but a theatrical experience is few and far between. i read about nyc arts pillar (and founded by RBG, ellen stewart) la mama‘s “prophetika: an oratorio” and the short description of the show took my breath away.
Prophetika was inspired by Harriet Tubman’s journey from enslavement to liberation; the cosmic philosophies and improvisational style of Sun Ra; Alice Coltrane’s consciousness rising devotional music and the mysterious invading black monoliths in Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film 2001: Space Odyssey.
combining performance, art installation, and some serious soundscaping, “prophetika” will surely serve not only as a definitive work for it’s director, charlotte brathwaite, but also a homecoming for her, as she entered la mama’s doors at the age of 16 as a member of the great jones repertory company.
“prophetika: an oratorio” opens this friday, march 20th and running until april 5th. shows on friday + saturday begin at 10pm and sundays at 6pm. tickets are $18 and can be purchased here. we’re always after the deals at iso14below.comland and lucky for us, there will be 10 tickets issued at 10 bucks each performance!
i’m beyond excited about checking this show out and if you are out to extend black future month, then get your arse down to la mama!
editor’s note: after the amazing time we had at the “year of the real black girl: irl edition” in february, i would love to take you lovely ladies that came out and any that couldn’t make it out on a hot date to see “phophetika: an oratorio” on saturday, april 4th. to rsvp, please email me at email@example.com.