Portfolio Category: Writer

Babylon Is Burning

created by: Campo Santo and Felonious
lead writer: Star Finch
musical direction: Tommy James Shepherd Jr., Dan Wolf
choreography: Rashad Pridgen
live & original music: Juan Wonway Posibul Amador, Candice Antique Davis, Felonious,
Soul Nubian
design: Alejandro Acosta, Courtney Flores, Joan Osato, Ashley Smiley

Created with and featuring:
Juan Wonway Posibul Amador, Delina Patrice Brooks, Candice Antique Davis, Britney Frazier, Keith Pinto, Rashad Pridgen, Tommy Shepherd, Tassiana Willis, Dan Wolf
Produced by Circuit Network
in association with Felonious, Campo Santo, & Ictus with Intersection for the Arts

Babylon is Burning is made possible in part with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants program, Theatre Bay Area's CA$H grant program, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation

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Daylighting

“There ain’t no one truth, like there ain’t no one Berkeley”

In Daylighting we meet Bee, a young woman who must decide her fate on a dusk to dawn walk across Berkeley. Travelling from a graduation party in the hills home to her grandfather James in the flats, Bee journeys through Berkeley's history and her own, encountering strangers and old friends who help her face her future. I gathered real stories from every corner of town and used them in this exploration of the layered history of Berkeley and one young woman poised between the past and the rest of her life.

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Anansi the Spider

Anansi The Spider is a hip-hop musical for young audiences (ages 5-11) inspired by the African folklore of the same name. Ana loves stories and, when she playacts them with her friends, she wants the other kids to follow the stories just the way they’re written. But, when Ana gets caught up in the legend of Anasi the tricky spider, she discovers that sometimes you have to write your own story. Join her for a journey through a world of magic and mystery that is accompanied by music, beatboxing and rhymes.

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Angry Black White Boy

Angry Black White Boy is based on Adam Mansbach's ruthlessly funny and scathing satire about the complexities of race and identity in America. This theatrical 're-mix' for the stage incorporates text adapted and melded with original source material, freestyle and verse rap, live Hip Hop music, ballet and Hip Hop dance. Created with a hybridized style and approach, Angry Black White Boy combines theatrical storytelling with powerful, innovative and contemporary Hip Hop styles.

Angry Black White Boy premiered in October 2008 at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco and ran for 12 sold-out weeks. It was named Top Ten Best Theater in both the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner.

This exciting project is a mixture of history, mystery, music and theatrical mythmaking. By accessing and embracing Hip Hop elements and forms - verse, rap, dance, beatboxing and music - Angry Black White Boy offers new inroads into expressing and exposing issues of race, propriety, and legacy.

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Beatbox: A Raparetta

Beatbox: A Raparetta is a modern dramatic musical production written and performed in rhythm and rhyme with vocal drumbeats (beatboxing), hip hop dance and a live DJ. The story follows young aspiring performers who live on the streets as they navigate through loss, poverty, dreams, jealousy, and ultimately tragedy. The play (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Beatbox is published by TCG in the Hip Hop Theater anthology Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy.

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