Ever-Greenes: Sekou Sundiata’s ‘the 51st (dream) state’
Originally Aired: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Photo by Matthew Septimus
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Watch an encore video stream of the late New York artist Sekou Sundiata‘s final theater work, the 51st (dream) state.
Performed live on our stage in 2013 as part of a revival by MAPP International Productions, this expansive, illuminating work was borne in the shadow of 9/11 as Sundiata spent three years traveling the United States gathering perspectives from ordinary Americans. 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.
The work was performed by the original cast of singers and musicians with LaTanya Hall taking over Sundiata’s role as poet/narrator. It was directed by Arthur Yorinks, and hosted by John Schaefer as part of the Blink Your Eyes festival.
Watch a live video stream on this page at 4pm ET.
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