On-Demand Video: Sekou Sundiata's "the 51st (dream) state"
Friday, October 11, 2013
In the shadow of 9/11, the late New York poet, playwright, songwriter and educator Sekou Sundiata spent three years traveling through the U.S. gathering perspectives from ordinary Americans to create what would be his last theater work, "the 51st (dream) state." He sought to understand how he and others felt about being American during a time of terrorism and war and what future we could imagine and make possible.
On October 10, 2013, The Greene Space presented Mapp International Productions' revival of the work — its first re-staging in New York since its premiere at BAM in 2006.
This special production featured the original cast of singers and musicians, with singer LaTanya Hall in Sundiata's role as poet/narrator. The production was directed by Arthur Yorinks, acclaimed director and writer, and audio director for The Greene Space’s August Wilson American Century Cycle recording series. The evening was hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer, as part of the citywide retrospective Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited.
Watch on-demand video of the performance below: