From a media release:
LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN
written and performed by Bryonn Bain
directed by Mei Ann Teo
produced by Harry Belafonte & Gina Belafonte and Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre, in association with The Correctional Association of New York
January 25 - February 24, 2013
National Black Theatre
2031 Fifth Avenue (Between 125th & 126th Streets)
• Tickets available online here
NEW YORK CITY - Here is what Producer Harry Belafonte says about Bryonn Bain and the production:
"Shortly after producing the film Beat Street, in the years that followed, I grew frustrated with Hip Hop. I was disillusioned by how many artists have turned their backs on social responsibility. The world needs to see how Bryonn Bain's LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN carries the tradition of joining art and activism as an instrument for justice - at a time when the prison system has our communities in crisis."
LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN begins a limited engagement January 25-February 24, 2013 at the National Black Theater. Tickets are $35 with discount rates for groups, students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit www.smarttix.com, call 212.868.4444 or go to the National Black Theatre Box Office at 2031 Fifth Avenue (125th & 126th Streets).
Written and performed by Nuyorican Slam Poetry Champion, Brooklyn activist, educator and performing artist Bryonn Bain and directed by Mei Ann Teo, LYRICS FROM LOCKDOWN, weaves the voices of over 40 characters into an extraordinary, internationally acclaimed tour de force. This groundbreaking multimedia production uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word, rhythm and blues, comedy, calypso and classical music, to tell the unbelievably true story that followed an unbelievable case of racial profiling, mistaken identity and wrongful incarceration.
BRYONN BAIN is Brooklyn's own prison activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, actor, author and educator. Described by Cornel West as an artist who "…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear," Bain's discussions and debates have aired weekly in 28 million homes worldwide on BET's award-winning talk show My Two Cents. His interviews have included guests including Jim Jones, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Damon Dash, Malik Yoba, Omali Yeshitela and Malik Zulu Shabazz.
Wrongfully imprisoned during his second year at Harvard Law, Bryonn sued the NYPD, was interviewed by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, and wrote the Village Voice cover story - "Walking While Black" - which drew the largest response in the history of the nation's most widely-read progressive newspaper. Bain's grassroots organization, Blackout Arts Collective, which developed the annual Lyrics on Lockdown Tour, has reached prisons in 25 states, and spawned a series of university courses using the arts to teach critical literacy in correctional facilities. His new book, The Ugly Side of Beautiful: Rethinking Race and Prisons in America, will be published in 2013 by Third World Press.