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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© 2020 by The Exponential Festival.

Art by Mark Toneff.

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), and the Mental Insight Foundation.