Five astounding singers and a quartet of musicians led by music director Damien Sneed bring together songs from Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway, as well as traditional spirituals to evoke the inspirations, struggles and triumphs of civil rights activists and defenders.
Lawrence Brownlee’s voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression.” Eric Owens brings his powerful poise, expansive voice and finely honed acting faculties to stages around the world. This vocal combination assures a rare duo performance by two exceptional musicians.
With boundless energy and visceral creativity, John Leguizamo has created a body of work in film, theater, television and literature that defies categorization. In his Mondavi Center debut, he’ll draw from his award-winning one-man stage shows, which feature his trademark unabashed, uncensored and uninhibited take on being Latino in America.
With his sextet, Vijay Iyer makes a fascinating leap into ensemble writing that takes advantage of a powerful lineup (cornetist Graham Haynes, drummer Jeremy Dutton, saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Shim and bassist Stephan Crump) veering between tight horn lines, grooves and moments of atmospheric elegance.
Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints started as a series of conversations on Facebook and has since evolved into an immersive play from Abbey Theatre of Dublin. Pull up a stool in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Pub and listen in as two men, over a couple of pints, chew the fat and set the world to rights.