Monday, January 25, 2010

Upcoming: Arrythmia by Zell Miller III and Uprise! Productions at the Vortex Repertory, February 4 - 20

UPDATE: Review by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin at Statesman's A360 "Seeing Things" blog, February 12

UPDATE: KUT's Michael Lee does a feature with Zell Miller III, February 8 (2 min.)

Found on-line:

written and directed by Zell Miller III
presented by VORTEX Repertory Company and UpRise! Productions
February 05 – 20, 8 p.m.
Tickets $30-$10 available on-line or at 512-478-LAVA (5282)

VORTEX Repertory Company and UpRise! Productions proudly present the world premiere of the newest hip-hop theater performance piece written and directed by award-winning playwright, Zell Miller III.

arrhythmia examines love, in all of its ugliness and splendor. This urban odyssey utilizes elements of hip-hop, contemporary movement, and lyrical slam-style poetry in this challenging, musical, political, breathtaking experience for all audiences.

Featuring performances from Ebony Stewart, Sean Tate, Aaron Sanders, and introducing Toni Ringgold, as four spirits on a journey: Love, Forgiveness, Remorse, and Elation. Original music by DJ S.T.A.T.I.K. and guitarist Buddy Cannon. Choreography from Ananda Mayi Moss. PR Photo by Bonnie Cullum.

Zell Miller III is an interdisciplinary theater/performance poet. His play premiered at The VORTEX last season and won the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Original Script. His one-man show Radio Silencemy child, my child, my alien child, won the Award for Best Original Script from the Austin Critics’ Table in 2007. Zell is also the creator and co-producer of the Hip-Hop Theater Explosion which features poets, MC’s, DJ’s, dancers, and musicians in a theatrical variety show. He also hosts “Speaking the Spoken: The Art of Verse” a monthly open mic series at The VORTEX. Zell has been a featured poet at SxSW Fest and has opened for legendary artists such as Nikki Giovianni and The Last Poets. As one of the premiere hip-hop theater artists in the country, Zell is proud to bring this art form to his home city, Austin.

arrhythmia is a great way to honor Black History Month (February). Ask about Valentine’s Day Specials with Cake and Wine.

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