Ameriville, a collision of storytelling, spoken word and the infectious rhythms of jazz, gospel and hip hop, will change your concept of “musical theatre.” The viscerally energetic and diverse young team, Universes, put the state of the Union under the microscope and into the microphone, as they spin exquisite harmonies and beatboxing around themes of race, poverty, politics, history and government, examining our country through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. A modern-day variety show, the piece branches out from stories of post-Katrina New Orleans to the rest of the United States, giving voice to disenfranchised groups and articulating not just the difficulties, but also the underlying strength within America.
"Their energy and realness is unmatchable." –Village Voice
Known for their 2001 seminal hit, Slanguage, New York-based Universes is a national/international ensemble of multi-disciplinary writers and performers who fuse poetry, theatre, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works.
Post-Performance Discussions with Universes
Following the performances on TUE, MAR 13 @ 7PM and THUR, MAR 15 @ 7:30PM
Join members of the cast and special guests for talkback on their creative process and performance style.
Guest moderator on THU, MAR 15: Jeff Robinson
The Jeff Robinson Trio have accompanied poets/singers at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA every Sunday for more than fifteen years. Their Rounder Records release Next on the Mic received critical acclaim. Jeff has also performed his one-man play about jazz saxophonist and legend Charlie "Bird" Parker entitled Live Bird Off-Broadway.
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The Occupy Movement and Katrina come together in a collision of hip hop, blues and storytelling
MAR 13 - MAR 18
Box Office: 617.824.8400
- MAR 13 @ 7PM
- MAR 14 @ 7:30PM
- MAR 15 @ 7:30PM
- MAR 16 @ 8PM
- MAR 17 @ 8PM
- MAR 18 @ 2PM
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90 minutes with no intermission