Center Theatre Group, The Fire This Time Festival and Watts Village Theater Company announces the third episode of Not a Moment, But a Movement, a series of events that amplify and center Black artists, premieres July 15 at 5 p.m. and is available on demand through August 12, 2021. At the center of this episode is Roger Q. Mason’s “The Duat,” directed by Taibi Magar, performed by Gregg Daniel (HBO’s “Insecure”) and featuring percussionist David Leach. Introduced by Wayne Brady and hosted by Watts Village Theater Company Co-Artistic Director Bruce A. Lemon Jr. the episode will also feature Lemon’s interview with multi-disciplined artist Floyd Strickland.
Fusing dialogue, music and movement, “The Duat” follows Cornelius Johnson, a former FBI COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program) informant as he awakens in the Egyptian afterlife. While he awaits judgement, Cornelius struggles to come to terms with his family history and his own troubling role in the civil rights movement at UCLA in the late 60s.
The video will be free to Center Theatre Group subscribers and supporters and $10 for all others except for opening weekend July 15 – 18 when it is free to the public. This episode of Not a Moment, But a Movement will be available at www.CTGLA.org/NotAMoment. The video will be paired with a discussion exploring the intersection of arts and social justice on July 15 at 4 p.m. the title and participants will be announced.
The digital premiere of “The Duat” features lighting design by Brandon Baruch; live music composed and performed by David Leach; sound design and original music composed by David Gonzalez and choreography by Michael Tomlin III. “The Duat” was filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and edited by Jabari Phillips.
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Photo Credit; Gregg Daniel, IMDb