"Because more statues need high heels" From the new break beat poetry collection CAN I KICK IT? by playwright, poet, educator, artistic director IDRIS GOODWIN. Published Oct 2019 Haymarket Books / Break Beat Poets Series Visuals by Idris Goodwin, Kevin Cosby Music by Rhythm Science SoundRead More
Break Beat Poet Idris Goodwin and Actor, Musician, Writer, and handsome devil Brian Quijada join forces to mash up Isley Brother’s classic with Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “I.”Read More
Louisville is about to be at the epicenter of African American stories and representation onstage. In what's being dubbed the "season of black plays," three of the city's biggest theaters — Actors Theatre of Louisville (https://www.actorstheatre.org/), StageOne (https://stageone.org/) and the University of Louisville (http://louisville.edu/theatrearts/) — are each producing shows that are either written by black playwrights, feature black characters or address racial issues head-on. Each of the eight productions through spring 2020 will distinctly and unabashedly tell varying, raw narratives of life as a black person in the United States, both historic and contemporary, touching on issues from race riots and police brutality to social justice and mentorship.Read More
The 14th-annual SCENIES celebrate all the outstanding achievements in Southern California theater over the past 12 months based on 225 reviews published
WINNER-OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY WITH SONGS
WINNER - OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A PLAY Chad Addison, Matthew Hancock, Clarissa Thibeaux
WINNER - OUTSTANDING DIRECTION - Deena Selenow
WINNER -OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN
A rapper, beat-maker, and hype man start to find success making music together, but harmony is harder to find when the interracial hip-hop trio clashes over how to use their newfound platform in the wake of a police shooting. Hype Man is a rhythmically woven drama exploring race, representation, fame and friendship.Read More
BLACK FLAG will be screened this month at The National Black Theatre and Film Festival and will be released widely in 2020!
If you know me, you know I am a huge fan of MF DOOM. His seminal album Operation Doomsday in particular was a major influence on me as a writer and performer. The iconic cover featured handstyle from KEO / SCOTCH79th aka BLAKE LETHAM. So, you can imagine my excitement that his deft hand graced the cover of CAN I KICK IT? a book that celebrates the seminal cuts that make up the mix tape that is me (and yes, there’s an MF DOOM poem in there too) ! Big shouts to the O.G.
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benediction for the black motorist
After Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitcz
May that rear view find itself free of flashing light
May the palms grip steering wheel at 10-2 or 9- 3
May the glove compartment hold the most updated paperwork
And the wheels roll in their lane
The odometer never rising more than 5 over
May the tail lights be in working order
The tires come to a complete stop
And all the turns be signaled in advance
May hands remain where they clearly seen
May the child be with the sitter and not in the back seat
May the spouse have passed the bar exam
May the cell phone be fully charged
May the breathalyzer barely move
May the black motorist be patient and articulate
the timbre be non threatening
The tone an ice cicle
May the officer be well rested
May the officer take a split second
May the officer consider a taser or leg shot
May the officer be able to discern black objects
Deduce cell phones and squirt guns, CDs and cigarettes are not deadly weapons
May the officer know
men and women are defensive, indignant, imperfect
large and loud but worthy of breath
May the black motorist be humble enough to take one more
Just one more, deep breath
Even though inside a volcano exhales
with ancestors and the un-avenged
LIVE FROM YOUNG ARTS IN MIAMI // TUNE IN SATURDAY JUNE 8th 2PM EST to hear me share three ideas for the future of arts, education and community building. CLICK IMAGE FOR LIVESTREAM LINK
Based on my one act play, which premiered off broadway in 2017, Black Flag is story of two young women during their first few months of college. Sydney is from Georgia. Deja is from Detroit. These two new dorm-mates cannot wait to start their freshman year together. That is, until Sydney decides to decorate their room with a little piece of "Southern pride." Now, all bets are off. BLACK FLAG is a biting story of allegiance, censorship and the price of honoring the past.
This week I am wrapping up my final week as a National McKnight Commission Fellow at The Playwright Center. Come join me for two special free events!
THU-I'll be teaching a free ADAPTATION workshop (I think it's first come first serve)
FRI - A public reading of SCARFOOT LIVES! directed by Jamil Jude, artistic director of True Colors Theatre in Atlanta
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I started out as a poet and even though I keep busy in the world of theatre, I always make a point to return to this form. Can I Kick It? Is my favorite work to date, poems that bridge pop and culture and politics, respond to current and constantly repeating events, look back and forward, are composed in many voices: our heroes, our misunderstood and our lost. And sometimes it’s pretty damn funny!
I am honored that Haymarket Books/Break Beat Poets have agreed to help share this book with the world. It won’t become fully/widely available until Oct 2019 but you can pre-order TODAY by clicking the image below!
CAN I KICK IT?
Award-winning poet and playwright Idris Goodwin interrogates and remixes our cultural past in order to make sense of our present and potential futures.
FROM COAST TO COAST
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HYPE MAN: a break beat play is currently being performed in three different cities by three different acting companies. Details on EVENTS page.
“... Hype Man is a loud and clear clarion call to get on up and openly, honestly discuss America's ongoing problems of racial violence and inequality. None of us get to sit this one out.” — TheatreMania
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