Quelque Chose / Quel Qu’un (Something / Someone)

HExTC—IATI Theater Co-Pro: African American Jazz artists in 1947 Paris, Viva La revolucion!

Written by Franz Reynold

Directed by Gerald vanHeerden

Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:30pm

Location: IATI Theater 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003

Synopsis

A play with music set in 1947 Paris. Two African Americans, Denfield, a young, mediocre trumpet player and Aggie, an aging, blues/jazz singer, discover that life in the city of lights is not as bright as they imagined. Add to the mix a Spanish painter and a French prostitute and voilà!

About the Playwright:

Franz Reynold was born in Belize, Central America. He moved to the Bronx as a teenager, but spent most of his life living in Los Angeles, before returning to the East Coast ten years ago to attend grad school. He is a published writer, having worked as a columnist for several publications including “Latin Beat Magazine”; and his projects for the theater have been presented at the Los Angeles Arts Festival, the California African American Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), on KPFK radio and elsewhere. In 2003, he completed his undergrad education in Print Journalism and Cinema-TV at the University of Southern California, and he subsequently earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In New York, his work for the theater has had staged readings at The Schomburg Center in Harlem, and the Cell Theater. He is the author of several works including a one-man show about the current president, and a new musical titled “American Nostalgia” – a love story that unfolds within the happenings of Black America in the 60s and 70s. He is currently working on a new musical set in California’s groovy 60s, as well as two solo projects for the theater – including one about an Afro-Brazilian historical figure, written in Portuguese.

About the Director:

Gerald vanHeerden is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and alumni of Webster University Theater Arts Conservatory, he is an emerging, east coast director of new works. Gerald has vast experience working with new plays and creative, musical theater endeavors as artistic director, conceptualist and director. Venues in NYC he has been engaged at are: The June Havoc Theater, The Dorothy Streslin Theater, Black Spectrum Theatre, Henry Street Settlement, Greenwich Street Theater, CUNY Graduate Center and the New York Public Library, Manhattan branches. Recently, he was appointed Director in Residence for Break A Leg Productions, focusing on new science and comedy plays. Mr. vanHeerden just completed his third season as Artistic Director of Plays for the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Member (SDC) Website: www.geraldvanheerden.com, Email: gerald.mitf@gmail.com.

Featuring:

Flo Ankah
Sonya Hensley
Karin de la Penha
Eric-Dominique Pérez 
Richard E. Waits
 

Access to the Reading:

Admission is FREE. No reservation is required. Donate $5 and get a glass of “vino.”