Staged Reading: Waiting for Giovanni By Jewelle Gomez in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr.
|When:||Saturday, August 8, 3pm |
|Where:||African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, SF
|Admission:||Tickets: Donation (Funds will be used to support Catherine's House (An 80 acre farm respite for people living with HIV)|
Based on a split second of indecision in the life of author James Baldwin, Waiting for Giovanni explores a writer's dilemma about publishing a controversial book that will have a profound impact on his life, the lives of his friends, his family, and on the Civil Rights Movement. Waiting for Giovanni questions what it really means to be an artist and activist, and how we live that out in our everyday lives. Playwright and actor Brian Freeman directs.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist. She is the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel The Gilda Stories. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, ESSENCE, The Advocate, Callaloo, and Black Scholar. She is also the author of a book of personal and political essays entitled Forty-three Septembers, and a collection of short fiction, Don't Explain. Her new projects include a comic novel about black activists of the 1960s.
Actor, director and teacher Harry Waters, Jr. originated the role of Belize in the San Francisco production of Angels in America and has since been featured in numerous films and television shows. Waters is currently a professor in the Theatre and Dance Department of Macalester College in Minneapolis.
Brian Freeman is an AfroSolo Arts Festival alumnus. He has written or co-authored numerous plays, solo shows and performance works. He has directed and developed plays with the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater, the Theater Offensive, Teatro Vision, and San Francisco Mime Troupe. Awards include the CalArts Alpert Award in Theater, and the New York Dance & Performance Bessie Award.