A reading of Andersen’s new play celebrates the poetic history of black oral narratives called “toasts” and re-imagines Dolomite, Stackolee, Annabelle Jones, Jesse James and other legendary folklore heroes in Attica prison where a riot is brewing. “Toast” is an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations driven from the Black Experience, mostly told and performed in the prisons, bars and pool halls of America. The play honors this poetic form and brings its heroes to the stage. Photo courtesy of Lemon Andersen  

A reading of Andersen’s new play celebrates the poetic history of black oral narratives called “toasts” and re-imagines Dolomite, Stackolee, Annabelle Jones, Jesse James and other legendary folklore heroes in Attica prison where a riot is brewing. “Toast” is an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations driven from the Black Experience, mostly told and performed in the prisons, bars and pool halls of America. The play honors this poetic form and brings its heroes to the stage.
Photo courtesy of Lemon Andersen

 


ToasT (work in progress)

By Lemon Andersen
Directed and Developed by Elise Thoron

USA (New York)

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