Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Emergency, presented by the NKU department of Theatre and Dance and the African American Programs and Services with a 5 Star Recommendation.
In Emergency, a slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NY into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. Deondra Kamau Means portrays a cast of 27 characters originated by Daniel Beaty. Through the charactersâ€™ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and on the longing to be free.
Panelists found this production to be â€œa moving, gripping performance painting the many aspects of race issues is Americaâ€ and praised director Daryl Harrisâ€™s inspired vision for the piece. Of Deondra Means, panelists wrote: â€œA very experienced storyteller, Mr. Means was able to envelope the audience in the truth, joy, and anger of these various African American characters who spoke volumes of truth.â€
Emergency continues through February 2 Tickets can be obtained online at www.theatre.nku.edu or through the NKU box office.