Otherworld Theatre will produce BRING the BEAT BACK: a Queer, Black, Sci-Fi, Staged Concert Experience written by Derek Lee McPhatter, Featuring music by Derek Lee McPhatter, Avery R. Young, ALEXA GRÆ, Germono Toussaint, Manchildblack, and DJ Alinka. Directed by Christopher Burris with musical direction by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls, the show runs June 14- June 30, 2019. Press opening is June 14, 2019 at 3914 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613 in the Bradbury space within Otherworld Theatre. Tickets to all performances are available at www.OtherworldTheatre.org
BRING the BEAT BACK follows a young man struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. Our hero journeys towards self- acceptance and affirming spirituality as conservative religious authorities and a queer subculture clash over music at the center of his world. Set in a futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality, Bring the Beat Back is inspired by urban gay “ball culture,” the evolution of house music and the rich Afro-futurist tradition in popular culture. Bring the Beat Back has been developed with support from Andre Alexander Lancaster's Freedom Train Productions, Earthseed Visions, Hi-ARTS, JACK, DCASE, The Drama League of New York, and the Polyphone Music Festival at the University of the Arts.
Performances will take place in Otherworld’s larger theatre space, nicknamed, “The Bradbury,” June 14 - 30, 2019; Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm. Press opening is June 14, 2019. All performances will be at Otherworld Theatre (Bradbury space), 3914 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613 (Street Parking available; CTA Accessible by Sheridan Red Line / 22 Clark).
Otherworld Theatre is a two-stage facility with a mainstage which boasts a flexible performance and seating area in its larger The Bradbury space, The Alchemist’s Lab blackbox space, bar, and lobby located a few blocks north of Wrigley Field. Tickets to all shows are available at www.OtherworldTheatre.org
Otherworld maintains mission to keep theatre accessible for all. All mainstage tickets are pay-what-you-can, allowing people of any and all means to experience live performance. Otherworld targets theatre patrons of all ages, genders, and races, with a particular focus on fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy, or "genre" storytelling. This is a large, underserved market, particularly when it comes to live theatre. Otherworld’s productions reach a wide ranging audience and multiple fandoms.
BRING THE BEAT BACK
WRITTEN BY: Derek Lee McPhatter
MUSIC BY: Derek Lee McPhatter, Avery R. Young, ALEXA GRÆ, Germono Toussaint, Manchildblack, and DJ Alinka
DIRECTED BY: Christopher Burris with musical direction by Dayna Lynn Nuckolls
VENUE: Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613
PRESS OPENING PERFORMANCE: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
REGULAR RUN: June 14 , 2019 – June 30, 2019; Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm
TICKETS: $15 - $25, on sale now via Eventbrite.com
Derek Lee McPhatter is committed to new work that engages diverse communities, emphasizing narratives at the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and technology. Recent plays include: This App is Not the Business, a corporate America cyberspace dramedy, and BRING the BEAT BACK, a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theatre experience. Derek is currently a Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists where he is developing a new play on American political ambition, and a resident playwright at The National Black Theatre (Harlem) where he is writing a new play on technologies of healing. His works have been presented by The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), The Drama League, Hi-ARTS, Otherworld Theatre Company, JACK, and the inaugural seasons of two Obie award-winning festivals: The Fire This Time Festival and 48 Hours in Harlem. Publications include Otherwise Oblivion, a featured play in the 2016 afrofuturism volume of Obsidian - Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.
In 2012, Derek received a Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship at the University of Southern California, launching an active slate of film and television projects. In 2017, he worked as a consulting producer with OTV | Open Television, leading script development for a new digital pilot: Hair Story. He co-created She’s Out of Order, which received an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Award at Los Angeles Webfest 2015. His work has been supported by grants and prizes from the Jerome Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the United States Embassy in the United Kingdom, to name a few.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a Master of Arts in Humanities from New York University. He is originally from Pickerington, Ohio and splits his time between Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. derekleemcphatter.com
About Otherworld Theatre
Otherworld Theatre Company, a non-profit arts organization, was founded in June 2012 with the mission to bring a theatrical experience to the science fiction and fantasy genre. Our work celebrates the depth of human imagination by engaging our patrons with high quality storytelling. Otherworld Theatre also curates events to create dialogue between patrons and artists, furthering our connection to the Chicago community.
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