By Us. For Everyone.
Re-Imagine: A new Social Justice Series at B Street that amplifies the voices of black artists and other peoples of color. Our vision is to host theatrical experiences “By Us. For EVERYONE.” to share the voices of those who have been unheard for far too long. You can catch compelling performances via Zoom highlighting Sacramento’s most talented artists of color alongside their peers from across the nation. Join us throughout the 2020 year for play readings, poetry, music and so much more on Tuesdays @ 7pm!
September 22 – Poetry and Music Night
Harley White- Jazz From A To Z
Wallette- Recording Artist
Lem Gonsalves- Poet
Treesje Powers- Poet
Maiya Sykes- Singer
September 15 – Broadway Black Girl Magic
A celebration and spotlight on Black Broadway Actresses. Featuring:
Joanna Alexis Jones, Brittney Johnson and Kristolyn Lloyd
Joanna Jones received her Bachelor’s Degree in theater at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. Since then she has performed in numerous shows both within the US and abroad. Most recently she made her Broadway debut in the musical Hamilton where she played Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds from 2017-2019. Other notable credits include School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (By Jocelyn Bioh), Kiss Me Kate (Pasadena Playhouse), Hair (Hollywood Bowl), Baz: Star Crossed Love (Palazzo Vegas), Showboat (Sacramento Music Circus), Caroline, or Change (PCPA), Thriller Live (lLondon, West End), NBC’s Hairspray Live! Joanna is currently scheduled to play Eliza Hamilton in the run of Hamilton at The Pantages in Hollywood. In the meantime, she records her own music under two different projects “Why Mona” and “Joanna Jones as The Dame” both available anywhere music is streamed.
Brittney Johnson is an accomplished Broadway actor. Most recently she made Broadway History by becoming the first woman of color to play Glinda in Wicked on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), Motown the Musical (u/s Diana Ross), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Little Eva), Sunset Boulevard, and Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls. Brittney is also a sought after Audition and Vocal Performance Coach. She translates her experience in the industry into classes and workshops to better prepare students and industry professionals for their auditions. It is her goal and desire to spread joy and encourage empathy through her artistry and outreach.
Kristolyn Lloyd is a Grammy and Emmy Winner. Broadway; Dear Evan Hansen. Off Broadway; Little Women (Primary Stages), Blue Ridge (Atlantic) Paradise Blue, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre) Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theatre), Heathers The Musical (New World Stages), Cabin In The Sky (Encores City Center), Selected Regional; Paradise Blue (Williamstown), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Hairspray, Rent (Hollywood Bowl). TV includes: “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO), Elementary, Madam Secretary” (CBS), “ER” (NBC) and “Lie to Me.” (FOX). @kristolynlloyd Instagram and Twitter.
September 8 – Black Movie Trivia Night
-Featuring a screening of the short film Junebug, ABFF selection.
-Talkback with Actors, Producer, Writer and Director.
-Black Movie Trivia.
September 1 – Theatre Poetry and Hip Hop
Featuring: Bay Area Theatre Cypher
Bay Area Theatre Cypher is where Hip Hop Meets Theatre
Anyone concerned about the future of hip hop in theatre can look past the recent closing of Chicago’s Hamilton to the Bay Area, where Brecht is inspiring nascent rap stars and a new company is lifting up artists at the intersection of hip hop and theatre.
The Bay Area Theatre Cypher, birthed last fall through a viral video, just closed an acclaimed show at Aurora Theatre and shows no signs of slowing down in 2020.
The seeds for the group were sown when Phillip Wong, an Oakland-based actor and musician, got cast last summer in California Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan. Wong had been secretly writing hip-hop rhymes since college but it wasn’t until he donned the larger-than-life costumes and heightened makeup of his characters in the show that he felt inspired enough to film his flow and share it with the world.
“We were wearing these really dope costumes and all this Brechtian make up, these giant Peking opera feathers and I was like, ‘I feel so fly I gotta make a video.’” he says.
Wong’s castmates provided the beats, back-up dancing, and iPhone filmography as he rapped about working his way up through the Bay Area theatre scene and doing his first show at Cal Shakes.
August 25 – Black Biz Spotlight
Last Supper Society and Queen Sheba talk Black Cuisine with Host Danielle Moné Truitt as we highlight Black Businesses. Special performances by Dawan Ownes, Marcus Henderson and Harley White.
August 18 – Virtual Reading of Katori Hall’s THE MOUNTAINTOP
by Katori Hall
A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
August 11 – BASI VIBE
BASI VIBE doesn’t just create music, he creates a feeling, a whole mood with his masterful storytelling via musical composition
BASI VIBE is an independent Neo-Soul / R&B artist that draws most of his inspiration from his culture-rich hometown, Sacramento. With a smooth voice to deliver his infectious words, one can be easily charmed by what his mind has to say. Upbeat or slow, BASI emits the essence of soul.
August 4 – A Celebration Highlighting Sacramento Black Theatre
Jazz A – Z with Harley White Jr.: this week B is for Billie.
Tribute to Lisa Lacy (founder of Images Theatre Company), Celebration Arts, Sons And Ancestors, S/BAD and more.
Brendan Jackson – Dancer/Choreographer
Harley White – Pulitzer Prize nominated musician and composer
Reign Morton – Singer, Actor and activist
Sené Goss – Musician and model
Tory Scroggins – Actor
July 28 – Storytell(Her)s: Black Female voices amplified!
Danielle Moné Truitt
July 21 – Music. Poetry. Art. Inspiration.
Harley White- Musician (Jazz From A-Z)
Noah Hayes- Poet
Sol Development- Music Group
Austin Ashford- Actor Poet Musician
Nicole Clay- Poet
July 14 – “this is how it happened”
a play by Anthony D’juan
It’s not what happened. It’s HOW it happened
Officer James “Jay” Shultz killed an unarmed Black man and the city is in an outrage. In the immediate aftermath his job and his friendships are in peril. And when we meet the spin doctor assigned to him, the truth is also in peril.
Age rec: 15 years and older
About the Playwright of “this is how it happened”
Anthony D’Juan is a Sacramento based writer/director who has been active since 1996. His writing credits for the stage include The Irony Effect, MEN IN RIFFS, theory of the dream, Safe At Home: The Jackie Robinson Story, Keeping the Dream Alive, Suburban Snow Fall, And the Dream Goes On!, Night Jobs for Men, Bailey, Potential Literature, Negro Folklore, Who We Are and the acclaimed one-woman show 3: BLACK GIRL BLUES.
He is also the author of the novels Deconstructed and Arranged Failure.