June 27, 2015
10am to 2pm
Shakespeare Center LA
1238 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
How invisible is invisible? Performers and musicians with disabilities are practically nonexistent in mainstream culture.
IT’S A KRIP-HOP NATION! (Where my crippled homies at!)
by Lynn Manning, Co-founder of Watts Village Theater Company, in collaboration with Krip-Hop Nation Founder, Leroy F. Moore Jr. is a two-pronged effort to change that.
Both men met in the 90’s both Black men with disabilities in the artistic community in California Lynn in Watts in LA, & Leroy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lynn Manning’s life was turned upside down when he was blinded in a Hollywood bar in 1978 at age 23 in a random act of violence. He has since gone on to make a name for himself as a playwright, actor, and theatre maker. Manning’s -autobiographical solo work Weights, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2001, won three NAACP Theatre Awards including Best Actor for Lynn’s performance. He has since performed it throughout the country, including at the Theater By The Blind in New York City. In 1996, Lynn co-founded Watts Village Theater Company in partnership with late actor and community activist, Quentin Drew. The company develops and produces new plays of relevance to the underserved Afro-Latino communities of Watts and South Los Angeles.
With Leroy F. Moore Jr. poet, journalist, activist and Founder of Krip-Hop Nation, Manning explores the lives of performers disabled through violence or accident. They incorporate Hip-Hop with a Krip-Hop twist in the story-telling. The play chronicles the lives of two recently disabled performers as they battle ableism in their attempt to break into the mainstream hip-hop music industry. The play reading will include elements of musical performance.
Join Watts Village Theater Company for a free, very special staged reading and social justice workshop.. IT’S A KRIP‐HOP NATION! (Where my crippled homies at!) A collaborative play in progress written by Lynn Manning, Co‐founder and Artistic Director of WVTC and Leroy Moore, Founder of Krip‐Hop Nation‐‐international performance and social justice movement.
Informed and inspired by interviews with people with disabilities acquired through violence or accident, this play chronicles the lives of two recently disabled performers as they battle ableism in their attempt to break into the mainstream hip‐hop music industry. The play reading will include elements of musical performance. The reading will be followed by an audience Q&A with some of the performers and interviewees.
The first half of the mornings activities will be Leroy Moore’s highly informative Krip‐Hop Workshop. It’s a master class in, “Hey, I didn’t know that!” Come prepared to want to take notes. Some of the objectives of the workshop are:
1. Know what, why & how of Krip-Hop Nation & its politics & culture
2. Reshape Hip-Hop in our own image with powerful disability stories. Viewing our communities & ourselves politically, historically & culturally through group writing exercises.
3. Explore why to form a Krip-Hop Chapter. What & How.
4. How to write a Krip-Hop Song
5. Remaking the Hip-Hop cypher.
The 12 noon reading of “It’s A Krip-hop Nation! (Where My Crippled Homies at?) will be the first public aring of this work-in-progress slated for World Premiere production in November 2015.
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Program made possible by The National Endowment of the Arts, Cal Humanities Community Stories Program
Watts Village Theater Company