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Coming Soon: “B-Side Man” Published in Eclectica Magazine

 

The July edition of literary arts ‘Zine Eclectica Magazine will have none other than Alonzo LaMont’s “B-Side Man”. I don’t know if they’ve published plays before, so if I’m breaking new ground — it make perfect sense. Since I think the play is pretty, “groundbreaking.” I’ve been seeking opportunities for “B-Side” to be recognized outside the world of theatre. I think there’s a world of alternative performance, audio or yes, literary avenues to discover & I feel there’s a home for “B-Side” among a few of those places. So first came Soundcloud and now I’m officially in the literary arts “scene.” I feel my inner hipster shining through!

Eclectica  I’m through the roof thrilled to be included, and I hope everyone appreciates the honesty and style of the play. The more I hear the language and events that it details, the more I’m convinced that the play is more than just my evolution, or my life. Nothing would surprise me about where “B-Side” ultimately lands. Basically it was a three year project to fine-tune and tailor it, to realize what an inspired direction it should take and most importantly how my voice should sound. I worked on it constantly, and finally crafted what I think is an epic journey. Can’t wait to see it online.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2018 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 

“B-Side Man” on Soundcloud

I was lucky enough to make a recording of “B-Side Man,” special thanks to my extraordinary engineer Dominic Delauney, that’s now on Soundcloud.

Have a listen and hear all the “juicy” details surrounding how Alonzo became Alonzo! I think it captures the play even more than performing the play did. I’m hoping to discover a creative outlet that deals with storytelling, or vice-versa. We’ll see how that goes. It’s springtime and hope always springs eternal. Happy listening!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2018 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 

Breakfast Too Pretty To Eat

This morning, wiffee Nicole came up with this delicious concoction for breakfast.

Homemade Gourmet Breakfast

And yes, that’s the chessboard I play (with myself) on most every day. That’ sliced avocado, soft boiled egg, sliced asparagus and chives sittin on top of it all. A small “schooch” of tabasco completes the ensemble. And it tastes as great as it looks. The actual star of the show are the chives. They add a certain scent, and play well with everybody. The aspargus are the thinner ones, and the crunch they provide highlights the softness of the avocado. Boy, she whipped this up in no time, and I just wanted to look, no touch, for a second. And then I wolfed it down. Eggs and asparagus make fine paleo companions. I’ve seen them made together, but the eggs are over easy. No matter how you make ’em they’ll fit. Wiffee made this in about 10 minutes or less. Can’t wait for this to be on the menu again.

 

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in The Paleo Playwright

 

Alonzo Directing @ The Manhattan Rep. Theatre

Manhattan Rep Theatre    Yes, I was asked to direct a short play, “Free To Go” by Holly  Morse-Ellington and Jason Tinney. Their play will be part of an evening of 3 or 4 other short plays. Holly and Jason are multi-talented folks who play incredible music and perform their own dramatic work (though they’re not opposed to others performing it). We met when Jason and I were both judges for Maryland’s “Poetry Out Loud,” and we just sort of clicked. They helped me when I was rehearsing “B-Side Man” for the NYC performance, and they came to the show. Very true-blue of them, I’d say. I’d say their musical style was American “roots,” and their theatrical proclivities were very erotic and personal. How’s that for an artistic cocktail?!

Performances are scheduled for May 4th and 5th at the Manhattan Rep as part of their Playwright’s Showcase. I’ll be up there for final dress & tech rehearsal and will stay for the performance.

Playwright's Showcase The play is awful damn powerful, and deals with a pretty intense “taboo” situation. So obviously — it’s right the frick up my alley. I’ve known Holly and Jason for a while, but I’m thrilled they asked me to direct. It’s nice to be considered for anything, and as I tell folks, AS I ALWAYS TELL FOLKS: anytime you get to do what you’re passionate about, it’s always a privilege. I’m not the first to say that, and won’t be the last.

I’ve found that the free-lance opportunities I’ve had run right in sync with this philosophy. From directing “The Telling Project” at Hopkins and Center Stage to working with GADO Images and the Afro-American newspaper for “East Side Story,”  these are stories and storytelling ventures that I’m enormously proud to have collaborated on. Though vastly different projects, and I like to feel that they came to life and spoke to audiences on a very interior level. I don’t wanna sound like an artsy-fart, Heaven Forbid!!! But as I look back over what brings me joy, and what brings audiences joy, I think it was all part of this “genuine article” of writing and directing that I felt offered some kind of reaching out, some kind of engagement. That’s how I be rolling, my friends.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 

Well-Being & New Play “Exposed To Strangers”

As much as I’m all for “mental well-being,” for me it starts in the physical realm. If I can’t go outside and play in some way, shape or fashion — then I’m not well at all. That’s a fact. As much as we’re all locked into one internal conundrum after another, more and more I find that the physical world holds the keys to my own well-being kingdom. So to this end, I’m promoting (and doing!!!) the annual Tour ‘Dem Parks bike ride.

TDP2018PosterThough I missed last year, I’ve done this ride maybe 10 or 11 times and I always come away with a great sense of bike fellowship. Usually I end up talking to someone along the way who’s discovering Baltimore for the first time. Or, discovering the particular parks and scenery for the first time. Ride “Founders” (and good friends) Dwight and Anne have pulled this ride together since it’s inception. If you want to get an up-close-and-personal Baltimore vibe, I highly recommend a little two-wheeler time on June 10th.

NEW PLAY ALERT! Have you wondered about all the women who’re having sex with school kids? Around the country this phenomenon just won’t let up. Every other day we’re bombarded with new revelations about the latest school indiscretion. Exposed To Strangers” investigates this salacious issue from a very personal perspective. I’ve taken a relationship between a student and his female teacher, a relationship that was quite famously documented a few years back, and entwined it around a total stranger, a male librarian from a different part of the country, becoming “pen pals” with the same (now incarcerated) female teacher. As I wrote the play, so many issues came to light. “Issues like what,” you say? The librarian is married. His wife discovers her husband’s pen pal “affair,” and what she brings to the table is a level of outrage and curiousity. At the same time, the teacher stays in touch with her student, and both wonder about their future together or apart. Yes, I hope it sparks a nerve. The morality index alone could be through the roof. We’ll see how the prospects of “Exposed To Strangers” play out. It’s one thing to have what you think is a great idea, it’s a whole ‘nuther thing for it to see the light of day. Do I think it’s a great play? Damn yippy-skippy I do. Why would I sit around writing anything less? D’uh!

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2018 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 

Play Journey: “Cultural Diversity Ate My Lunch” Comes Back Around

While I was hunting and pecking around the web, looking for playwriting sites that call for — “new play submissions” (if you’re a playwright, you need to subscribe to a site or two. I’m a member of the Playwright’s Center in Minnesota and the Dramatist Guild out of New York) — anyway while I was taking a tour around both spots I was reminded about a short play I wrote ages ago that’s had three productions, and each production was in a completely different part of the country. The play was “Cultural Diversity Ate My Lunch”. It was produced in Houston, TX as part of the FADE TO BLACK series. Below the pic is a quickie review:

FADE TO BLACK

 

“CULTURAL DIVERSITY ATE MY LUNCH written by Alonzo D LaMont, Jr. and directed by S. Denise O’Neal is the final play in this year’s series. It is an absorbing commentary on the power of “agenda” in American social understanding and the illogical ideals of victimhood. The power of this work lies in the question posed by Ty Fisher’s Bartender, “What’s your disadvantages?” Both Bran Don Morgan as Professor and Ty Fisher as Bartender are superb in their roles.”


BranDon Morgan and Ty Fisher rehearse Alonzo D. LaMont, Jr.’s CULTRAL DIVERSITY ATE MY LUNCH.

And waaaay back in 2007, in Charlottesville, VA “Cultural” was performed as part of a Barhoppers series of short plays. And yes, the series was performed in a bar. Also, as part of their “Attitudes on Race” series, it was performed at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the lower east side of New York for the ID America series.

(With that link keep scrolling down, it’s there)

Each audience was so profoundly different. At Houston, audiences were a bit hesitant to laugh. In Charlottesville, VA audiences provided hearty laughter and in New York (where I expected NO laughs) they were over-the-top with laughter. The play is about a college professor who believes his contract is not being renewed, and steps into a local bar to rant against the current politically correct system of academia. It is decidedly anti-pc-in-nature content. But, I gotta say, IT’S TOO DAMN FUNNY! I recently submitted it to a festival in Atlanta and we’ll see how things turn out. If something good happens, I’ll explain more about the journey this play is taking.

Happy belated 2018!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 

New Play Updates: “Masters Of Spin” and “A Momentary Lapse of Comedy” & Ray Charles

I’ve been off enjoying summer and biking and all the good stuff that comes with sunny days. But I’ve also completed two plays that I started and worked on many, many moons ago. Masters of Spin is based on an incident that happened at Morgan State University back in 2001. I kept a newspaper clipping or two because I thought it’d be a fascinating event to dramatize. Essentially, it shows what happens when a black public relations firm gets accused of discrimination by a historically black university? I try to make arguments for and against what the firm tried to do, and I attempted to be a fly on the wall inside the PR firm. I see it as a very intimate story, and imagine how it may have all played out on a personal and social level. I think the smaller cast allows for a far more individual perspective, and hopefully an audience can “dive” into the issues by connecting with the characters instead of just the headlines. The essence of the play revolves around issues with black hair. This is no small issue, since black hair is such a humongous business. There are proponents of natural hairstyles, and there are those who have no problem with all varieties of hairstyles, fake or otherwise. If it had been a white PR firm, the drama would be much more stereotypical, and there’d be no controversy. But, things take a different tone when it’s your own people. You recognize the reflection in the mirror, and — surprise — it’s you.

It’s a four character, full-length play that turns things a bit topsy-turvy. It also looks at developments that an African-American public relations firm might have on their plate. Some of which are real events, others I invented, but I think that ultimately, nothing presented is THAT far from real life. We rarely get to see the backstage machinations behind local news stories, that are full of so many machiavellian twists and turns. Would any of us be surprised to see what a Royal Scam things actually are? My guess is “nyet”. The royal scam

 

 

 

 

A Momentary Lapse Of Comedy” started off in one direction, but has been through a complete overhaul. I’ve always loved the idea of people stuck on a plane, who have to come grips with something hard and real about themselves. Well, in this case a “closet” comedian went and performed at a comedy club but didn’t inform his wife about it. No biggie, you say? Ahhhhh, but what if it was indeed a biggie? And what if the comedian’s two other friends knew about it, but didn’t tell the wiffee. And what the other friends are close friends who are now stuck on a plane when all this “comedic” news breaks? There they are: the wife, her comedian husband and the other couple who knew. As domestic-in-nature as this situation may appear, there’s another story going on. The comedian’s friend, who pushed him into the performance, has another motive — he also fancies himself a performer and the play actually takes a dramatic turn centered around this motive. There’s an “ugly something” that enters the world of this play, and I think it escalates the level of “relationship,” to another plateau. What if your supposed BFF had certain beliefs that filled you with disgust. You’ve known them for many years, and never knew that this THING was living inside of them? Would they still be your friend? Could you overlook? Accept? We make these choices in real life all the time. Mentally, sometimes we clean house and some people don’t make the final cut. Maybe they’ve been there for us in a thousand ways. But now that a door to a new room opens, do we walk forward or walk away?

These plays are in my PLAYS BY ALONZO area. I intend to load a bunch more.


Next week, September 13th, Waxter Wisdom will be doing a profile I wrote about a month ago. I’m thrilled it’s finally coming about. In reading about Ray’s life, it was soooo much more complex than I knew about. D’uh.
ray charles

Even though the movie does do him justice, imagining a blind, black man making his way as a musician is almost an unfathomable situation. But, if you know a little black history, you know that we’ve always walked in the footprints of trailblazing folks. And Ray didn’t just “make it,” he imparted such a grand style. He had so many hits, so many signature songs and took a very genuine leap into country music. I sit here at this moment and still marvel at the breath and scope of his impact. In writing these profiles I’m continually blown away at the magnitude of genius African-Americans have contributed to the world. If you’ve ever seen a picture (or film) of Dorothy Dandridge, Ray, Oscar Micheaux, Little Richard, Eartha Kitt —

eartha kitt

— (Eartha, above) you’ll be struck by the appearance of someone who knew how special they were, and how special THEY thought they were. And they were dead on the money in knowing that.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Places in B'Mo I Go

 
 
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