Friday, June 15, 2012

Hey, I'm on a damn roll and don't know why. I'm looking back on the last sixty days and realized that I finished a whole lot of stuff. I wrote a brand new play "Ascension of Marie Laveau", the Voodoo Queen Priestess of New Orleans who died in 1881(researched it for two weeks)and completed the first draft in three weeks. Three weeks!? Shit, it takes me usually three years before I complete a first draft of a play. Then I got some inspiration from a couple of fearless actresses I know to finish a play that I hadn't looked at in 8 years "Elizabeth's Precious Kitty"! Yes, let your imagination guess what that was about. LOL! I finished the 2nd Act and thereby finished the entire play. It's not my usual family oriented stuff...LOL!...more like I was channeling a writer friend of mine, Owa, type of filthy, sexual, innuendo-laced, absurdness stuff. LOL! God only knows if I'll ever get a producer to mount a play about a virgin female dominatrix going through the change of life while being hounded and haunted by her deceased mother and being pursued by a sex-freak man that sports two nubs on his forehead, hairy lower body, and two hove feet calling himself Panner. LOL! What in the hell was I thinking about when I wrote that?! Anyway, I may have found my fearless exhibitionist actress to pull this off. What's hard about wanting to be on stage almost naked with stiletto boots, sex toys, and a big fucking whip. LOL! Wow what an image that would make to an audience full of men with their damn tongues hanging to the floor. In a future audition notices I could ask for a female willing and able to whip a man's ass live on stage every night. Think I could find someone to do that? Hmmmm? LOL! Anyway, look for it this January at the The Times Square International Theatre Festival (TSITF) January 16-22, 2013 at the Roy Arias Studios & Theatres (300 W 43rd St, New York City). On and I just finished a Spec Script / Pilot show for a new television series about Hip Hop and Rap (I hate Rap) and a treatment too. Hopefully the young man I wrote it for will sell it and I'll have some money in my pocket for fucking once. LOL. Then I got the rights to develop a documentary about the Baltimore couple who had the audacity to have a mixed baby in 1957 and was prosecuted by a Maryland law that had been on the books for 247 damn years. I want to call it "Baltimore Flavor". Got a good partner to work with and we're on the way to getting funding to bring it to life. I have been so damn busy that I almost didn't realize I'd almost become a damn hermit. Okay, so did I cover it all? No! I forgot I have to finish the second draft of an adaptation I'm making from an old Vietnam play of mine about Long Bien Jail...the most explosive race riot to ever happen in a war zone. Then when I finish that (I'm being hounded to get it to them by Monday) LOL! Then when I finish that I can really start working on the newest of my play ideas. It'll be a one-woman show about Dorothy Dandridge's only sister Vivian Dandridge and will be performed by Vivian's beautiful and talented Granddaughter, Neyo Wallace. Okay so that's more than enough information to be putting out into the universe for now. Plus I think I have an audience of ONE who reads my blog anyway. I guess I shouldn't take two and three years in between putting up new posts. By like they say with aged wine... Leave it the hell alone until it's ready to taste good. LOL.
I have a very short new piece is this show entitled: "The Garden of Nirvana". It is always great to have the younger generation give a writer relevancy by bringing life to their creation. This is Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company’s final show of the season, so we’ve decided to end it with a bang! Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is proud to announce the first annual presentation of In Our Home, our new experimental, interactive theatrical project. Please join us as we push the boundaries of storytelling in this intimate setting. Hope to see you there! Best, Pharah Jean-Philippe Founder/Artistic Director Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company presents In Our Home 5 Playwrights + 5 Rooms = 1 Dynamic Play Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company is proud to present In Our Home, our new experimental, interactive theatrical project. Playwrights of color probe the limits of intimacy in one act plays staged in the rooms of an actual Brooklyn home. In the Bedroom Love and Happiness written by Pharah Jean-Philippe Directed by Phil John The Garden of Nirvana written by Jamal Williams Directed by Pharah Jean-Philippe In the Second Bedroom Artistic Musings written by Loresa Lanceta Directed by Pharah Jean-Philippe In the Kitchen The Ring written by Mary McCallum Directed by Liza Bulos In the Bathroom Spiraling Into Place written by Tremane Nicholson Directed by Pharah Jean-Philippe In the Living Room After the Reception written by Mosi Singleton Directed by Evria Dechane Atwell Featured Actors: E.J. An, China Colston, Latia Kirby, Richard Kohn, Loressa Lanceta*, Simone Maubury, Regine Mont-Louis, Okema T. Moore, Ernest Perry, Brianna Seagraves, Marvin Telp , Colin Walker *Denotes members of Actors Equity Please join us for an unvarnished view of what happens behind closed doors. Performances will be held at a private home. Round-trip transportation to the home will be provided from South Oxford Space nightly at 6:45pm Space is limited, so RSVP is required. To reserve your place, please call 718-247-9417 or email us at tickets4show@moderndaygriot.org. To purchase tickets online, click here. Dates: June 23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th Tickets: $18 online; $25 at the door Pick-Up Location: The Lobby of South Oxford Space 138 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm back!


To anyone remotely still checking this blog site out, I'm back after a few YEARS and think I'm rejuvenated. LOL! Doing blogs is a hard job and maybe I've just been lazy since I moved to Atlanta. Four years this month. I've had enough and need to return to the spontaneity of New York. Will try to post somethings new since my last posting over the next few days.