Yesterday I have the privilege of sitting in on a preview of my good friend Camille A. Brown’s Mr. Tol E. Rance. I have to say I was moved, by the depth of the work which deals this minstrelcy through the eras. It is at once a difficult and a joy to watch. There is the reality of vulgarity in some of the gestures- some for their sexual nature and others for their racism, but what struck me is that all that she presents in less vulgar on the stage, than what we experience daily on television, in film and on the streets. I am always moved to tears when Camille performs a heart wrenching solo to the classic, It’s a Wonderful World. I urge all to check out their performance this Friday and Saturday at the Krumble Theater. This work is a challenge that we as a people (I mean Americans) should, be, need to be, have to be up for! Here is some more info on the work!
Mr. TOL E. RAncE embodies themes of American history as it celebrates African-‐American humor and masterfully intertwines comedy, live animation, theater and explosive dance, to examine minstrelsy in its past and even present forms. The piece sheds light on what happens to the human spirit behind the mask, creating a universal dialogue about perception and its influence on all races. The work is heavily influenced by Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled as well as Mel Watkins’ book “On The Real Side” and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy. Brown brought in dramaturges Talvin Wilks and Kamilah Forbes as well as theater coach J. Michael Kinsey to assist in the creation of this vibrant and poignant evening length work. Brown uses sketch comedy, live music, and haunting animation to celebrate the humor and perseverance of the black performer throughout history in Mr. TOL E. RAncE. This evening-length dance theater work also examines stereotypical roles dominating current black popular culture.The last 30-‐mins of the performance engages the audience in a conversation, lead by choreographer Camille A. Brown.
KUMBLE ARTS TICKETS and PERFORMANCE TIMES
Tickets can be purchased through the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts -‐ online, by calling (718) 488-‐1624 or in person at the box office. Prices for performances range from $15 -‐ $20. Performances will run two nights -‐ Friday, December 6 and Saturday December 7, 7:30 p.m.
Kumble Center for the Performing Arts is located in Brooklyn on the LIU Brooklyn Campus,
One University Plaza. The venue is accessible by the 2/3/4/5 subway lines to Nevins Street Station and the B/M/Q/R trains to DeKalb Avenue Station.