The word toast is actually an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations driven from the Black Experience. Mostly told and performed in the prisons, Bars and pool halls of America.
My new play "ToasT" is about Willie Green aka "Dolomite" the famous Folklore hero from the old Black Narratives. Dolomite is still known as the baddest badass out of San Antone, but he's aged and has been locked up for murder in Attica's D-Block for the last 27 years. Some of his cellmates and other folklore heroes like Jesse James, Hobo Ben, Voodoo Queen, Shine the Stoker, Stackolee, and Hard Rock shares war stories with him to kill the hard time.
Word is brewing throughout Attica that a riot is coming, but Dolomite and his cellmates would rather not get involved. Till the youngest inmate in D-Block gets a vicious beating by the officers for talking like a liberal about the prison conditions. Dolomite has to make a decision to join the riots and take vengeance upon the officers for what they did - or lock himself in his cell and hope for a promised parole date and the chance to taste freedom.
My play is being presented in collaboration with Under The Radar Festival at the famed Public Theater in New York City. Elise Thoron (who helped to develop and directed County of Kings and Washi Tales) and street artists will be collaborating with set designers to help me bring it to life. "ToasT" was recently supported with a development grant from the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.
I can't wait to get this piece up on it's feet, find a space in NYC to rehearse it with my collaborators, and finally to share it with the world and you. Thanks for taking a look ... Lemon
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