Announcing our Concert Production Choreographer: DARLING SHEAR by Derek McPhatter

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We’re so thrilled to have Darling Shear in the mix as our choreographer this time around!  Here’s a bit more about them:

Darling is a Chicago native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr, choreography/artistic director to Cher for 12 year and counting; Rhonda Henriksen, soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp; Tracy Vogt, former Philadanco dancer and soloist; Hinton Battle, the Original Scarecrow from the Broadway production of The Wiz; and Lauri Stallings, former Hubbard Street and River North soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago in 2011 to start Suna Dance, a collaborative artist group, and had the first performance in November of 2011. As a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city Darling has worked with Erin Kilmurray's The Fly Honeys of The Inconvenience, Body Cartography of Minneapolis, Links Hall, Victoria Bradford, Chicago AIDS Foundation, Chances Dances, no small plan productions, Slo’Mo, the Public Hotel, Soho House Chicago, The Arts Club, Steppenwolf Theatre, Growing Power Inc., EXPO Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul Museum, Diana Quinones Rivera, University of Chicago, Jamila Woods, Alexa Græ, University of Illinois at Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Black Sex Matters, Chicago Film Archive, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Salonathon, and OTV | Open Television.

 

 

Tickets are going fast for our Concert Production presentations.  Be sure to get yours today!

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHICAGO CONCERT PRODUCTION! by Derek McPhatter

So excited to have this amazing company on board for our show at Otherworld Theatre Company!

Our cast: Donald Fitzdarryl, Jasmine Marie Jones, Bernell Lassai, Dann R. Lynch, Tia Pinson, Donovan Session and Alexis Ward!

Our cast: Donald Fitzdarryl, Jasmine Marie Jones, Bernell Lassai, Dann R. Lynch, Tia Pinson, Donovan Session and Alexis Ward!

We are thrilled to announce our cast for the staged concert production of BRING THE BEAT BACK:

Donald Fitzdarryl as The Captain

Jasmine Marie Jones as Lady Ace

Bernell Lassai as Raymond Davidson Prescott

Dann R. Lynch as Deputy Deacon Duncan Studness

Tia Pinson as Trudy MacNamara Black

Donovan Session as Dayton MacNamara Black

and

Alexis Ward as The Baroness



September 13th - September 29th
Friday & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM
Tickets $25 - $15 Students

Featuring music by Derek McPhatter, Avery R. Young, ALEXA GRÆ, Germono Toussaint, Manchildblack, and DJ Alinka

Written by Derek Lee McPhatter
Directed by Christopher Burris
Choreography by Darling Shear

SYNOPSIS:
Bring The Beat Back - The Musical is a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theatre experience. The show 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.

CONCERT PRODUCTION @ OTHERWORLD THEATRE CO IN CHICAGO by Derek McPhatter

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We’re bringing a staged concert experience to Chicago, presented by Otherworld Theatre Company!

September 13th - September 29th
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM


Written by Derek Lee McPhatter
Directed by Christopher Burris
Choreography by Darling Shear

Music By

ALEXA GRÆ, Avery R. Young, DJ Alinka, ManchildBlack, Germono Toussaint and Derek Lee McPhatter

 

Additional Beats By

Futurehood and DJ Shango

Produced in association with The Bring the Beat Back Experience, Myra Boone, Bryan E. Glover, Rhonney Greene, Richard E. Pelzer II and Shirley Taylor. 

Tru Believers know the Musicship Megarhythmic will save them from the end of the world. But you can’t get on if you can’t get down and somebody done stole the beat!

STAY TUNED FOR THE CAST ANNOUNCEMENT!

Tickets: $25, $15 students/seniors

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The Groove Goes on for Pride in NYC! by Derek McPhatter

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Upcoming Performances

Music Presentations for Pride in NYC!

Above: our Summer Tru Believer Troupe: Lynnesha Crump, Freddie Cosmo, Alexa Grae and Julie Brown!

THE GROOVE GOES ON, TRU BELIEVERS!

BTBB is one of the Headliners for the 10th Anniversary of Harlem Pride June 29th!

BTBB is one of the Headliners for the 10th Anniversary of Harlem Pride June 29th!

 

A queer, black, sci-fi, music-theater project, heavily inspired by the tradition of Afro-futurism in black popular music, based on common struggles with faith and sexuality experienced by queer people of color.

We are creating special music presentations for Pride!  On Saturday June 29th, Bring the Beat Back is a headliner performance with Harlem Pride (between 3 - 6 pm). And On Sunday June 30th, we are bringing the music to Genre Urban Arts at the Bowery Poetry Club! (Tix are $10; Showtime at 6 PM). And we’ve got more in the works for July and beyond!

 

Our Pride presentations are a highlight of a very exciting year for the show. Our February workshop production at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia was a smashing success. And this September Otherworld Theatre Company is bringing a concert production run to Chicago.

June 30th, Bring the Beat Back helps celebrate Pride with Genre: Urban Arts!

June 30th, Bring the Beat Back helps celebrate Pride with Genre: Urban Arts!

 

 Playwright Derek Lee McPhatter shares more: “I knew this was a story I was interested in personally, but I had no idea so many different people would relate to the journey, or that so many amazing artists and professionals would come together to build the music, the stage show and other experiences with me…”

THE GROOVE GOES ON! INDEED!

Somehow we’re making all this happen on modest, independent resources.  And we invite you to help keep the beat going with a donation today. 

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

DONATE NOW

 

 

 

FINAL CASTING NOTICE FOR CHICAGO CONCERT PRODUCTION by Derek McPhatter

  

CASTING NOTICE: BRING THE BEAT BACK

 

On Saturday June 15th from 3 pm – 6 pm, Otherworld Theatre Company is hosting a final round of auditions for BRING THE BEAT BACK, a queer, black, sci-fi, staged concert production.  Interested parties should submit headshots and resumes to btbbcastingacct@gmail.com with “AUDITION REQUEST” in the subject line.

 

This is a non-equity presentation, paying a minimum of $150. Roles are for performers of African descent (including Latinx. Performers of all gender expressions are encouraged to apply. The show will run weekends in September, with rehearsals starting in August.

 

 

About the Musical

Conceived by playwright Derek Lee McPhatter, Bring the Beat Back is an energetic music-theatre experience, set in a futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality.  Our hero journeys towards self-acceptance and spiritual affirmation, as religious authorities and an ostentatious gay subculture clash over music at the center of his world. The music is grounded in house, funk and electronic grooves, inspired by afro-futurist traditions in gospel, disco, RnB and hip hop, as well as underground ball culture.

 

Available Roles

Candidates are encouraged to submit for any role whose gender expression they are interested in performing.

 

DAYTON MACNAMARA BLACK


Black / African Descent

18 - 25

The Favored son and “the voice” for the Tru Believer Movement. Youthful, optimistic, choir boy. A little reserved. Tenor.

 

TRUDY MACNAMARA BLACK


Black / African Descent

21 - 27

Dayton’s big sister. Favored daughter and “the dancer” of the Tru Believer Movement. Energetic, head-strong, fast talker. Can dance well and rap.

 

RAYMOND DAVIDSON PRESCOTT, Formerly Del Rey Dupri of the Illustrious Industrious House of Dupri


Black / African Descent / Latino

27 - 37

Last survivor of the House of Dupri. Presents as male, sometimes with a femme edge, always with bravado. Can dance well and rap.

 

THE CAPTAIN


Black / African Descent

Open Age   

The Boss on the Musicship Megarhythmic. A celestial being with authority. Old school. Serious. No nonsense. No mess, especially from those humans. Baritone / Bass.

 

THE BARONESS


Black / African Descent

Open Age

Another celestial being. One of the Krew on the Musicship Megarhythmic. Ready to show out to impress that Captain. Gospel/funk inflections. Alto or Tenor.

 

LADY ACE


Black / African Descent

Open Age

Another celestial being and member of the Krew. Quick with the gossip and side-eye. Never to be outdone by The Baroness! Disco /R&B vibes; A good auntie. Soprano, Alto, Countertenor.

ENSEMBLE

Several singer/dancers well-versed in Soul, R&B, funk, and Gospel stylings, playing multiple roles.

 

SELF TAPES are also accepted.

Please send your material to: btbbcastingacct@gmail.com

 

 

For DAYTON, THE CAPTAIN, BARONESS, LADY ACE, or ENSEMBLE - Please submit a 1-minute monologue and 16 bars of a soul, gospel, disco, funk, or R&B song.

 

For TRUDY or RAYMOND - Please submit a 1-minute monologue, 16 bars of a rap song, and a 1-2 minute dance routine.

 

 

We are also accepting resumes for

Production Assistants

Make-Up & Props

 

Detailed Story Synopsis

 


DJ Desdemona has died, and her children - Trudy and Dayton - are the new leaders of the DJ’s “Tru Believer” movement. Trudy’s boyfriend, Studness, hires an ex-gay consultant, Rey, to make Dayton heterosexual, as is expected for all Tru Believers. Rey’s fabulous intervention mesmerizes Dayton with memories of a queer black underground and news of the Grandest Ball of All (a competition on the other side of town).

 

Meanwhile, Trudy and Studness prepare the Tru Believer congregation for the apocalypse, and Trudy’s negotiations with The Krew (a boisterous collective of computerized spirits in outer space) leave no doubt: the world is beggin’ for Armageddon. The Krew reminds everybody about the Tru Believer gospel: mysterious rhythms are the path to salvation, and Dayton leads a music ritual to reveal the beat. Rey claims that rhythm was originally created by the queer underground and invites Dayton join him at the Ball with the beat.

 

So we’re off to the Ball! Rey’s longing for his glory days; Trudy’s frustration at her brother’s faltered steps; Studness’ confusion with a fiancé who barely sees him – and Dayton, following his heart even unto the End of the World. Maybe the Krew is right and this is how it’s all going to end. Or maybe, just maybe, this can be the beginning of something new for all of us...

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Bring the Beat Back Chicago - Casting Notice!! by Derek McPhatter

Otherworld Theatre Company is bringing a staged concert presentation to the Windy City this Summer!

Otherworld Theatre Company is bringing a staged concert presentation to the Windy City this Summer!

 

We are accepting reels and self-tapes for BRING THE BEAT BACK, a queer, black, sci-fi, staged concert production.  Roles are for performers of African descent. Performers of all gender expressions are encouraged to apply. The show will run this June, with rehearsals starting in May.

 

This is a non-equity presentation, paying a minimum of $90 for the production. Interested parties should submit material by May 7th to btbbcastingacct@gmail.com.

 

For DAYTON, THE CAPTAIN, BARONESS, LADY ACE, or ENSEMBLE - Please submit a 1-minute monologue and 16 bars of a soul, gospel, disco, funk, or R&B song.

 

For TRUDY or RAYMOND - Please submit a 1-minute monologue, 16 bars of a rap song, and a 1-2 minute dance routine.

 

About the Musical

Conceived by playwright Derek Lee McPhatter, Bring the Beat Back is an energetic music-theatre experience, set in a futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality.  Our hero journeys towards self-acceptance and spiritual affirmation, as religious authorities and an ostentatious gay subculture clash over music at the center of his world. The music is grounded in house, funk and electronic grooves, inspired by afro-futurist traditions in gospel, disco, RnB and hip hop, as well as underground ball culture.

 

Available Roles

Taped submissions and video reels are being reviewed for the roles below. Candidates are encouraged to submit for any role whose gender expression they are interested in performing.

DAYTON MACNAMARA BLACK


Black / African Descent

18 - 25

The Favored son and “the voice” for the Tru Believer Movement. Youthful, optimistic, choir boy. A little reserved. Tenor.

 

TRUDY MACNAMARA BLACK


Black / African Descent

21 - 27

Dayton’s big sister. Favored daughter and “the dancer” of the Tru Believer Movement. Energetic, head-strong, fast talker. Can dance well and rap.

 

RAYMOND DAVIDSON PRESCOTT, Formerly Del Rey Dupri of the Illustrious Industrious House of Dupri


Black / African Descent

27 - 37

Last survivor of the House of Dupri. Presents as male, sometimes with a femme edge, always with bravado. Can dance well and rap.

 

THE CAPTAIN


Black / African Descent

Open Age   

The Boss on the Musicship Megarhythmic. A celestial being with authority. Old school. Serious. No nonsense. No mess, especially from those humans. Baritone / Bass.

 

THE BARONESS


Black / African Descent

Open Age

Another celestial being. One of the Krew on the Musicship Megarhythmic. Ready to show out to impress that Captain. Gospel/funk inflections. Alto or Tenor.

 

LADY ACE


Black / African Descent

Open Age

Another celestial being and member of the Krew. Quick with the gossip and side-eye. Never to be outdone by The Baroness! Disco /R&B vibes; A good auntie. Soprano, Alto, Countertenor.

 

ENSEMBLE

Several singer/dancers well-versed in Soul, R&B, funk, and Gospel stylings, playing multiple roles.

Submission Info

For DAYTON, THE CAPTAIN, BARONESS, LADY ACE, or ENSEMBLE - Please submit a 1-minute monologue and 16 bars of a soul, gospel, disco, funk, or R&B song.

 

For TRUDY or RAYMOND - Please submit a 1-minute monologue, 16 bars of a rap song, and a 1-2 minute dance routine.

 

Please send your material to: btbbcastingacct@gmail.com

 

We are also accepting resumes for

Production Assistants

Make-Up

Props

 

Detailed Story Synopsis

 


DJ Desdemona has died, and her children - Trudy and Dayton - are the new leaders of the DJ’s “Tru Believer” movement. Trudy’s boyfriend, Studness, hires an ex-gay consultant, Rey, to make Dayton heterosexual, as is expected for all Tru Believers. Rey’s fabulous intervention mesmerizes Dayton with memories of a queer black underground and news of the Grandest Ball of All (a competition on the other side of town).

 

Meanwhile, Trudy and Studness prepare the Tru Believer congregation for the apocalypse, and Trudy’s negotiations with The Krew (a boisterous collective of computerized spirits in outer space) leave no doubt: the world is beggin’ for Armageddon. The Krew reminds everybody about the Tru Believer gospel: mysterious rhythms are the path to salvation, and Dayton leads a music ritual to reveal the beat. Rey claims that rhythm was originally created by the queer underground and invites Dayton join him at the Ball with the beat.

 

So we’re off to the Ball! Rey’s longing for his glory days; Trudy’s frustration at her brother’s faltered steps; Studness’ confusion with a fiancé who barely sees him – and Dayton, following his heart even unto the End of the World. Maybe the Krew is right and this is how it’s all going to end. Or maybe, just maybe, this can be the beginning of something new for all of us...

 

www.otherworldtheatre.org