“Jack London’s Martin Eden” is based on the celebrated writer’s autobiographical novel. Set in 1909, it tells the story of a poor and unschooled sailor who unexpectedly meets Ruth Morse, a magnetic young woman of means and education. Their unconventional attraction upends both lives and propels timely themes of impossible love, pursuit of the “American Dream” and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world.
Afrofemononomy Will Offer In-Person Presentations of Begin The Beguine in NYC and OaklandBY DAN MEYER
APR 23, 2021 The Black femme theatre artists collaboration will also premiere member Eisa Davis’ The Essentialisn’t.
The Black femme theatre artists collaboration Afrofemononomy will offer a number of in-person presentations this May across New York City and in Oakland, California, through its Work the Roots project. Among the works are the previously announced exploration of Kathleen Collins’ Begin The Beguine and The Essentialisn’t by Eisa Davis.
Starting earlier this year, the group—which includes Davis, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Charlotte Brathwaite, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Ayesha Jordan, Joie Lee, April Matthis, Jennifer Harrison Newman, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stacey Karen Robinson, and Kaneza Schaal—has been meeting to explore the late Collins’ 1984 quartet of unproduced one-acts and Davis’ music-theatre project. Both works are questions of societal strains on Black women’s physical and mental health as well as concomitant expectations of performance—questions the group engages through their own model of care and liberation.
The one-acts begin May 15 with The Reading at Performance Space New York in a piece by Blain-Cruz, Newman, Amelia Workman, Kara Young, and Gabby Beans. That same day, on a Central Park bench in Harlem, Matthis and Robinson will perform Begin the Beguine, an offering created with Brathwaite.
This Friday, April 23, three acclaimed Off-Broadway companies get the weekend off to a great start with an enticing variety of offerings – a podcast, a livestream celebration, and a live in-person séance experience.
Radio Nowhere – Making its world premiere in Keen Company’s Hear/Now season of audio-theater re-imaginings of the classic radio play is the newly commissioned work by Brooklyn- and Boston-based playwright Kate Cortesi, who returns to the company after her 2019 KeenTeens comedy Citizens United. Directed by Taylor Reynolds, Cortesi’s latest piece recounts, with her signature thought-provoking wit, the attempt of young DJ Anonymous to save his strange little radio show by selling off an even stranger set of valuables, as his scrappy telethon turns into an exploration of grief, art, popularity, and the myth of the white male genius.
The irreverent three-hander stars award winner and Keen alum George Salazar (Be More Chill; tick, tick . . . BOOM!), along with stage-and-screen actors Alfredo Narciso and Amelia Workman. The fully-produced podcast is stage managed by Avery Trunko and audio engineered by Garret Schultz, with sound design and original music by Fred Kennedy.
Beginning on Friday, April 23, at 7 pm, Radio Nowhere streams free on the Keen Company website and all popular podcasting platforms. Listeners who are able to support Keen Company can purchase a season membership (starting at $1/month), which includes early access to all episodes and other exclusive perks (talkbacks with playwrights and artists, panels with experts, behind the scenes interviews, digital programs, opening night premiere parties, and more). As with all of the audio plays in the Hear/Now series, a full transcript will also be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.
The first two seasons of the drama, based on writings by Bruce Lee, ran on Cinemax.
Former Cinemax series Warrior is getting a new life at HBO Max.
The WarnerMedia-owned streaming service has picked up a third season of the action-drama, which is based on the writings of Bruce Lee and is set during the late 19th century Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The series was the last original show to air on Cinemax, with its second season wrapping in December 2020, and both seasons began streaming on HBO Max earlier this year.
Executive producer Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, announced the renewal Wednesday on Instagram. A date for season three hasn’t been set.
“Warrior introduced viewers to a distinct world from the past, executed with dynamic action and relevant storytelling, with a brilliant cast led by Andrew Koji,” said Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. “We can’t wait to see what Jonathan [Tropper], Justin [Lin] and Shannon will bring to the next chapter of this series on HBO Max.”
Said Lee, “Justin, Jonathan, and I were thrilled when Warrior was put on HBO platforms to be discovered by a whole new legion of fans. Now we are excited and grateful for the opportunity to do another season, and we applaud HBO Max for understanding the importance of telling this story and for continuing to support this level of representation in our industry. I just know that my father is grinning right now to see this show he dreamed of so long ago continuing to beat the odds. We have every intention of delivering the same high level of meaningful storytelling and Gung Fu action in season three!”
In addition to Koji, the show’s cast includes Kieran Bew, Celine Buckens, Olivia Cheng, Dianne Doan, Dean Jagger, Langley Kirkwood, Maria-Elena Laas, Hoon Lee, Christian McKay, Dustin Nguyen, Miranda Raison, Chen Tang, Joe Taslim, Jason Tobin, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones and Perry Yung.
Tropper (Cinemax’s Banshee) created the series and executive produces with Lin (the Fast and Furious franchise) and Lee. Season two exec producers also included Danielle Woodrow and Andrew Schneider for Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment, Brad Kane and Richard Sharkey.
Sister Tse (Shuya Chang) is brought to New York by a Snakehead, a human smuggler. Although she is indebted to the crime family responsible for her transport, her survival instincts help her gain favor with the matriarch, and she rises quickly in the ranks. Soon Tse must reconcile her success with her real reason for coming to America—to find the child that was taken from her. In the end, Sister Tse must draw on the strength she found in transforming her victimhood into power. The film also stars Sung Kang (Fast & Furious, Better Luck Tomorrow), Jade Wu (Netflix’s Luke Cage, For Life, Magnum P.I.), Celia Au (Wu Assassins), Jamie Choi (Rainbow Six: Siege, Gotham), and Perry Yung (HBO Max’s Warrior, John Wick: Chapter 2).
Pernell Walker is an American Film, Television and Theatre Actress. She spent her childhood in the South Bronx. A hard time socially in junior highschool led to a yearning for a creative outlet and change of environment. She applied to performing arts high schools with the help of a librarian, Ms. Taylor from her Junior High School 120. Ms. Walker attended Talented Unlimited High School, where she learned and honed her craft as a young actor. Ms. Walker is a two time silver medalist 97-98 of the local branch of the NAACP ACT-SO competition in acting. After graduating Talented Unlimited, she attended City College of the City University of New York as a Theater major, earning a B. A. in Theater. Ms. Walker trained and attended Actors Studio Drama School, formerly the New School University for her M.F.A.
Ms.Walker has worked with some of the most prominent and prolific directors.
She made her cinematic debut as Laura in Dee Ree’s award-winning, critically acclaimed Pariah (Criterion Selection 2021). Her scene in Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us became a popular meme prior to the Biden inauguration, as her character predicted Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election. Her television credits include great directors and memorable characters; Grace Campbell in City On The Hill, working with director Kevin Bacon, Thunder Thighs on The Deuce with director Michelle McClaren, and working with Steve Zaillian, The Night Of, Carl Franklin Leftovers, Tim Van Patten Boardwalk Empire Tina Fey Kimmy Schmidt.-
Walker made her off-broadway debut in Radha Blanks’ “SEED” originating the role of Rashawn, directed by Niegel Smith for the Classical Theater of Harlem/Hip-Hop Theater Festival 2010-2011. Later gaining recognition for her role as Munchies in Pulitzer prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgus’ Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz for the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2019-2020 season. She also appeared in Dolphins and Sharks by James Tyler, directed by Charlotte Brathwaite for the Labyrinth Theater Co in 2017.