Grab hold and hang tight because BPP will exhibit a stellar assortment of stage works this season. Some themes include personal identity, gender definition and encountering a new world. You’ll want to take a good look at this lineup.
"A New World Cabaret"
Rudyard's British Pub (2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006)
Treat yourself to BPP’s annual showcase of the performing arts. This year’s featured playwrights are Karen Heimbaugh, Michael Weems and Yunina Barbour-Payne (names that you may recognize as this season's playwrights!). Poets Lesley Clinton and Kacie Adams join us with some interesting twists on "New World" themes. We also have the fabulous Katy Burns and Whitney Zangarine delighting you with their singing talents (and possible puppets). And we will round out with Ophelia's Rope doing some improv.
Dare we mention the drinks and delicious food?
"Precious Memories, A One Woman Show"
Conceived and Performed by Yunina Barbour-Payne
March 1 and 2, 2019 8pm
Texas Southern University Museum
Seven interviews about one community, "Precious Memories" is a collection of stories based on oral histories that explore Black Appalachian community survival. Performing artist Yunina Barbour-Payne (Louisville, KY) dedicates her life’s work to preserving the history and culture of Black Appalachians through performance while challenging stereotypes about the Appalachian region more generally.
Yunina uses the stage to bring to life stories transferred to her by Black Appalachian community members from South West Virginia and understandings of how stories of community influences ideas about race, class, and place.
This work investigates personal, historic, symbolic, archival and linguistic significance of Black Appalachian contributions. What was so special about Newtown? Where is Newtown today? What was black community life like in Appalachia? Come see "Precious Memories" to see what some say being Black in Appalachia is all about.
One Acts (Double-Feature)
Studio 101 (1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007)
April 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10
"Barren" by Karen Heimbaugh
Parallel universes run amok as a mysterious being helps destroy a familiar designation of family. Can an "everywoman" define a life with meaning outside of the parameters of expectation? Can She do it without saying "fuck" every five seconds?
"Three of a Kind" by Michael Weems
Jamie and Reese, a terribly mismatched couple on their second date, are baffled when triplets are left on Jamie's doorstep. Jamie optimistically accepts the challenge to raise the children, but struggles to convince Reese that this was meant to be. After they retreat to their parents for sage advice, the couple meets at the hospital to make their final decision.
Hold on. The story isn't over yet.
When reading this did you presume Jamie was female and Reese male? You're ½ correct. This story will see its lead actors perform once, swap roles/genders, and then perform the show once again. "Three of a Kind" is a modern exploration on preconceived gender roles in today's society coupled with the story of this young couple's challenge.
Check out what we have done before: Past Shows