Brothers in Pen is the collective name of the writers included in the fiction and memoir anthologies of the Wednesday Night Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison. The Prison Arts Project has been featured in the Bay Area Now7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, in San Francisco, 6-7 p.m. It is a free event. Joining us on the air are members of Brothers in Pen with facilitator, Zoe Mullery: Ernie Laszlo, Henry Montgomery, Talib Brooks, Carl Irons & Jerry Elster. José Navarrete speaks about The Anastacio Project: Stories of Immigration, Border Violence, Resistance and Hope, having its world premiere Sept. 19-21, 8 p.m. nightly, at EastSide Arts Alliance Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd. in Oakland. Navarrete’s NAKA Dance Theater, in a multidisciplinary performance investigating race relations, state brutality and border violence. Combining interactive video and sound, a large-format mural, spoken word and dance. Dam/aged, the Musical is a theatrical performance that intentionally addresses the harsh realities or urban blight that exist in communities of color across America. Social issues that include prostitution, gang violence, substance abuse, domestic violence, and absent fathers, are weaved into an abstract multimedia musical to explore the struggles of several young people as they attempt to rise above the social inequities that have traditionally plagued communities of color. We speak to playwright & actor, Bronche Tayson (Jeremiah), and actors:Deaunte Imani White (Ivan; he’s choreographer too), Donna Marie (Michelle Oday), Denmark Gatewood (Tremain Soulless). Performances: 9/14 @2:30; 9/20 @ 4 p.m.Visit sffringe.org
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