Tuesday, July 30, 2013

HIATUS CALLS!!!

After a much needed hiatus I plan on moving forward with new projects as well as remounting old projects.  Look for a late November, early December return where I'll be putting the wheels in motion.
-Showcase "The Grinder"
-Off Broadway and Dinner Theatre Events for "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"
-Pre-production of feature "A Wound In Time"
-Complete Trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"
All not necessarily in that order...


In doing what I love and with major sacrifice, I must take care of myself to rejuvenate and prepare for the great things ahead.  As I resume projects, one of my goals will be to expose the arts to endangered minority males, and help them become cultured adults. Stay tuned...

Monday, July 29, 2013

LITTLE KNOWN AMERICAN & LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY REVEALED IN CREOLE DRAMA

Well, my very first themed dinner theatre event of my historical stage play "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" was appreciated by all who attended.  It has been tried and tested and can be tailored for any size group or organization.  The cast and I can also perform for your own special event.  Browse the production's website for more information.  There are photos, video clips, music, and reviews for your perusal.  Experience a time at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  Experience a time when the Louisiana Territory was a foreign country in the middle of America.  We'll take you there to experience little known American and Latin American history.
BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW'S WEBSITE

Saturday, July 27, 2013

MY FIRST REVIEW FOR ANY OF MY PRODUCTIONS THEATRE CRITICS!

MARK SAVITT REVIEWS STEPHANIE LYNN WILSON'S "BLOOD MAKES THE RIVER FLOW" AND THE CREOLE THEMED DINNER

Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions presented a very special Creole dinner theatre event at the exciting gallery/food space Culturefix on 9 Clinton Street near Houston St. A scrumptious three course dinner was followed by Stephanie Lynn Wilson's play "Blood Makes the Red River Flow". The appetizer was black-eyed pea fritters with (heavenly) crawfish cream. The main course featured Chicken and okra gumbo, dirty rice, skin cracklings, and homemade hot pepper sauce. The sausage studded dirty rice was the most delicious rice I've had in ages and the okra was tasty but not slimy. The desert pina colada cake with pineapple rum glaze and maraschino cherries alone would have been enough to completely satisfy me.

Ms. Wilson's play which she also directed and played the significant wise maternal figures Guma and Yaya, explored the rich culturally diverse milieu of Louisiana pre and post Louisiana Purchase. Beautiful black women had the best chance for a financially secure future if they could secure a protector at a special ball. Lizette (Christiana Blain) attracts Ferdinand (Ron Rivera) a wealthy owner of a plantation in Cuba. Her mama (Ms Wilson) is an astute businesswoman who makes sure to get favorable contracts assuring that the property will pass to Lizette and any future generations. A subplot involves Lizette's friend Marie (Krystal Hill) who must flee to Mexico with her brother who was caught passing for white. Another subplot involves an escaped slave Rebeau (Chuk Obasi) who, as a freeman works for Ferdinand and Lizette. Rounding out the cast is the mother's French friend played by Al Roffe. Becoming part of the United States compromised the former freedom of the heterogeneous colored population of Louisiana, but as Ms. Wilson showed they often found ways to help each other with the relatively privileged (Lizette) helping the not so privileged: Rebeau and her friend Marie.. The combination of Creole dinner with this rich history play worked wonderfully to enhance each other. I hope this dinner theater combo gets another chance to enchant a wider audience. If they do get another chance, perhaps some minor technical issues can be addressed. The background music was too loud, often swallowing the dialogue. Long pauses made the scene transitions awkward, especially because we were all eagerly waiting to find out what would happen next. As Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has shown, New Yorkers love dinner theater, so look out for this one when it comes around again.
HAPPY FACE

EVA HEINEMANN'S RESPONSE:
I completely concur with Mark Savitt's review of show and food.
I want to thank Fractured Atlas for fiscally helping to produce this unique event and Ari and Cole of Culturefix for the beautifully presented and delicious food. I kept thinking of John Guare's "A
Free Man of Color" done at Lincoln Center awhile ago which dealt with the same subject of what happens to all the free people under Spanish and French rule in the Louisiana Purchase territory that gets destroyed by joining the United States with their horrible slavery. This was even better as it was from the female point of view. It's a very gripping story.
Unfortunately some of the accents were a bit thick that made it hard to understand the dialogue on top of the loud background music.
The costumes by Angelina Scantlebury were gorgeous. A very talented cast brought this steamy story to life.
CLOSED
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

EXHALING!!!

Well, again it has been another year of whirlwind of creativity. Sunday, I remounted my Creole historical drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" as a dinner theatre event.  We performed it up close and personal in the round.  It was an amazing experience.  In attendance were 2 theatre critics, and a producer.  The official review will air on July 27th.  Everyone loved it, including the venue's staff.  Performing in the round is like performing in the middle of an energy center with emotions swirling about.  It was definitely a very different show from when first performed last year.  So grateful to my wonderful cast and to all who attended.

Now that that's done I shall take some "Me" time and resurface in November and set wheels in motion to begin pre-production, and showcase one of my latest plays.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The performance of "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" at Culturefix as dinner theatre was amazing!  To perform without the 4th wall gave me such a freedom as an actor! I LOVE "theatre in the round".  It is so organic and the emotions seem to be swirling around you, as well as the audience.  The audience was so engaged and really fed our performance.  They LOVED us!  And we LOVED them!  

The food was amazing, as the cast was served and catered to after the audience dispersed.  It was a lovely end to a wonderful show. There were two lovely theatre critics in the audience who promised me a favorable review airing on July 27th!  I'm still floating!

Thanks to all who attended, and to my wonderful cast.  And of course to Ari and Cole of Culturefix! It was the perfect venue, for the first, of our Creole dinner theatre events to come.

For every show that we do is a step closer to getting the recognition and support "Red River" so deserves.  Stay tuned...

Monday, July 8, 2013

GREAT REHEARSAL AS WE COUNTDOWN TO CREOLE VITTLES AND A SPICY DRAMA!

Yesterday's rehearsal was amazing as our 2 new cast members come on board already wearing their roles, making things a lot easier for this Director!  Chuk Obasi takes over the role of the plantation overseer Rebeau, and Krystal Hill takes over the role of Marie Pollion.  It is such a pleasure to work with folks who already "bring it"!  So excited for the remount of this production where we will break through the 4th wall and get up close and personal with the audience!  Hope to see you there!  More tickets have been released so get 'em while they last until July 17th.  CREOLE DINNER THEATRE EVENT

Krystal Hill


Chuk Obasi