Zac to do staged reading with Shailja Patel in Oakland September 12th 3pm
I have the great honor of doing a staged reading of excerpts from Bwagamoyo (The Father): Part II of Migritude. Here's the information from Shailja's calendar:
For more info in the show itself, see here. The opening lines:
September 12th, Excerpts from Bwagamoyo, OaklandStaged reading of excerpts from Bwagamoyo: The Father - Part II of Migritude
Guest Actor: Zachary Drake [that's me!]
Followed by Q and A with the audience
Saturday September 12th
3pm - 5pm
447 25th Street (between Broadway and Telegraph)
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Phone: 510-663-6520 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
$5 - $20 (sliding scale)
The most telling - and compelling - line of a man's body is that place where his neck joins his shoulder. From which the head extends, retracts, responds. It can be beautiful in its cleanness and purpose. Its strength and flexibility, its balance and alignment. It can disturb in its distortion and strain, its rigidity or collapse.I hope my neck-to-shoulderline is good, because I know everyone will be looking at it when she recites those lines :) Shailja is a wonderful poet, performer, and writer. I didn't know English could sound so musical until I heard her speak it. I saw the first part of Migritude, and it was a fantastic piece of storytelling. So I'm very excited to be working with her on the next part of this work.
I like to think that if I could see that line in its entirety, if I could enter the living braid of muscles beneath - trapezius, levator scapulae, sterno-cleido-mastoid - it would tell me everything about a man. Where he intersects with his reality. How he meets, receives, and inserts himself into the world.