Dahlak Brathwaite – Spiritrials
November 10 - 11 | 8pm
Fri / November 10 – Sat/November 11
8p / Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave :: Map
“His presence is breathtaking, and chilling…ripping through your mind with just a microphone.” — Sacramento News Review
Dahlak Brathwaite’s incisive humor transform a chilling personal story into a vital performance that layers character-driven storytelling and poetic verse with original songs to create a hybrid hip-hop drama, accompanied by beats from DJ Dion Decibels. Spiritrials recounts a familiar story: a young black man is stopped by the police without clear cause, then again and again, until one encounter lands him before the courts.
Brathwaite chronicles the journey of an “anonymous” young man forced to confront his own criminalization and stigmatization, and to struggle for vindication within a justice system that would test anyone’s faith. Addiction, religion and the law intersect in this virtuosic examination the factors—both internal and external—that have misplaced him, and many others, in what appears to have become a cultural rite of passage.
PLUS: Artist dinner, master class and artist luncheon, artSEEDs youth program and Q&A
Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.