AWOL 2013 Theater Production & School Show
November 16, 2012
All Walks of Life (AWOL) presents Annual Theater Production
AWOL to present its 8th Annual Theatrical Production, Conversations an original production that exams the work of great the American Poet Mr. Langston Hughes.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) youth theater program known as Act Up! is set to perform, Conversations, the first of its newest series of theatrical work focused on great American poets February 15-16, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Johnny Mercer Theater located at 301 West Oglethorpe St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. A special reservation only school show will be held at 10:00am on February 15th. School show pricing and reservation information can be found at the organizations web address www.awolinc.org.
AWOL is known for taking historical works and fusing them together with contemporary and often hard hitting topics, allowing area youth an opportunity to not only learn, but to showcase their talent in a meaningful and prolific fashion. Conversations is just that style of theater, using the works of the great American Poet, Mr. Langston Hughes to drive the storyline. Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers. As one of the founders of the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance, which he practically defined in his essay, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (1926), he was innovative in his use of jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his poetry, stories, and plays. Having provided the lyrics for the musical Street Scene (1947) and the play that inspired the opera Troubled Island (1949), in the 1960s he returned to the stage with works that drew on black gospel music, such as Black Nativity (1961).
Lakesha Green, AWOL’s Theater Arts Director, has worked collaboratively with youth in the program to fuse together a story line, which conveys the delicate nature of everyday communication, and it’s importance in life. Using popular pieces such as Hughes’s A Dream Deferred and Daybreak in Alabama, Green weaves an intricate tale of life’s struggles and triumphs. The Conversations of our life, both good and bad, become small pieces of who we are and what we shall become. In this piece audience members will come to have a new found appreciation for Langston Hughes ability to communicate life’s most challenging topics through the art of poem.
“I’m always excited to see the work done by our young people. With over 70 cast members, this show is sure to be as memorable as the many others before it, and most of all the kids are looking forward to the 2500 public school students that will see the show on that Friday. This is one of the most important aspects of our program, it builds self-esteem and confidence for kids in program and inspires hundreds more to want to participate the next year”, DaVena Jordan, executive director.
Show Times: School Show: February 15, 2013 @ 10:00am. Visit www.awolinc.org Cost: $5 per student. General Public: February 15-16 @ 7:00pm. Tickets $20 for adults/youth and $5 for children age 5 and under. For ticket information visit www.awolinc.org or call 912-303-4987
The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.