Writer/Performer Michael Washington Brown, “BLACK!”

Writer/Performer Michael Washington Brown, “BLACK!”

Tell us about your show.

The show “BLACK!” looks at the lives of several individuals who live their life with this word. Each person describes their personal experience with the word “BLACK!” We will learn about their stories, how their lives are affected by this word, whether positively or otherwise, and most important, their individual perspectives. We hope to better understand whether there are any similarities or has society ‘bought into’ the stereotypes that exist. If so…why?

What have been the most exciting things about seeing your show jump from the page to the stage?

The most incredible thing I have witnessed are the unsolicited responses and comments from audience members who have given me their feedback on the show. The idea that my words could affect people in such a way, and possibly even inspire or create a conversation, is the greatest gift I could hope to render.

Who are your favorite playwrights, past and present?

I admire the work of Athol Fugard, Maya Angelou, August Wilson among many others. I love work that explores the overcoming of the human struggle.

What would you change about the current state of theater?

I would make the work of new and emerging artists and their voices more readily available. The world is a changing landscape and I don’t feel that ‘mainstream’ theater necessarily is a reflection of the various voices, stories and experiences that the world represents in ‘this time’. I understand there’s a business element involved but I believe the two can co-exist in a way that still produces meaningful stories and opens up the ability for new dialogue, in and outside of the theater experience.

You are coming to us from Phoenix, Arizona. What is something you are looking forward to doing while you’re in NYC?

I will inhale the very substance of what makes NYC such an epicenter of everything cultural. Seeing other productions and ‘hitting the streets’ by foot is my way of feeling the vibe that is New York City.