Ira Aldridge Repertory Players’ Founder/Producing Artistic Director Calvin Manson is excited to bring Christina Anderson’ s work to San Diego audiences. I am honored to bring Christina Anderson’s work to San Diego audiences. When I read BLACKTOP SKY, the poetry of the language, the visual poetry of the stage directions, and the gut-wrenching timeliness of the story struck me a. It flips from humor to heaviness at the speed of life. It’s a kind of play; we need more of.”
ABOUT THE SHOW:
After witnessing police harass a fellow resident of the housing projects, 18-year-old Ida (Tina Machele Brown) befriends Klass (Wrekless Watson), an unpredictable young homeless man she finds sleeping on a bench between the institutional high-rises. As their unlikely friendship grows, Ida must choose whether to embrace the struggle for justice within her neighborhood or to chase a new life elsewhere with her upwardly mobile boyfriend, Wynn (Kendrick Dial).
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BLACKTOP SKY gives Ira Aldridge Repertory Players the opportunity to showcase three stellar young talents in their Ira Aldridge Repertory Players debuts. Tina Machele Brown joins the cast as Ida; past productions include Look Listen with The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Gingham Dog with Cornerstone Theater, and The Wiz with CAPITA Productions, and her most recent on-stage production, Steal Away, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joining her and also making his IARP debut is Kendrick Dial (Wynn), is currently the front man for the award-winning spoken word, hip-hop soul band, The Lyrical Groove, which won consecutive San Diego Music Awards. He has collaborated with number artist and art’s base organizations such as BkSoul, Transcendence, and Eveoke Dance companies, and Mo’olelo Theatre company to perform and produce shows that inspired, challenged, educated and entertained the community. Returning IARP stage is Wrekless Watson (Klass), past production includes Ma Rainey’s Black, Harlem, Harlem with IARP, recently performed in Tamera Hill’s production In Never Heard My Father Speak, and Workplace Drama