Thursday, April 24, 2008

Local Production (Oakland): Living in the Mainstream Ain't Easy

Got this in my Inbox and thought it sounded very interesting:

WHAT: "Living in the Mainstream Ain't Easy": THE MS. K.I.A. CHRONICLES, A Griot's Tale of Survival in America
WHO: Written, Directed, and Performed by Pippa Fleming Produced and Photographed by Grace Villarin Duenas
WHEN: Two shows only:
Saturday, June 21, 2008. Show at 8pm;
Sunday, June 22, 2008. Artist's Reception at 5:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm.
Laney College Theatre
900 S. Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607
For directions call 510.834.5740. BART Accessible!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Journey with Ms. K.I.A., a griot* from days of old, as she is teleported from the past into a modern cabaret.
Weaving ritual, dance, theatre and song, Ms. K.I.A. mystically catapults her audience into a current reality that leaves spectators trying to catch their breaths, as they become part of a cultural revolution.

* griot \gre-o\ or jali is a Western African poet, praise singer and wandering musician considered to be a repository of oral tradition.

HOW TO GET TICKETS: Reservation line: 510.712.3242 or email

HOW MUCH: Sunday, June 22nd Artist's Reception: $15, General seating: $30 Premiere, $25 Orchestra; $20 Balcony; $20 students and seniors

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