RATED BLACK: An American Requiem

Kareem Lucas

at The Brick

January 30, 31 and Feb 1 @ 7:30pm

A solo show that weaves together original poetry, music, and songs, sung by a small choir, to bury a young Black man and heal a country.

Written & Performed by Kareem M. Lucas

Directed by Gabriel Vega Weissman

Original Music & Arrangements by Avi A. Amon

Lighting Design by Derek Van Heel

Stage Management by Acacia Drake

A young Black man from Brooklyn hosts his own Homegoing (funeral) service as a way for himself to prepare to die and to honor the memory of the unarmed Black Women and Men who have and are still being murdered by the police at a heartbreaking pace. This piece removes the mask of the perceived "superpredator", by weaving together original poetry, music, and songs to theatricalize and articulate the vulnerability of a young Black man at risk of becoming the next trending hashtag as the country consumes his digital lynching.

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The Exponential Festival is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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