GBCA Brown Bag Lunch

Here are the details about the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s Brown Bag Lunch. It’s coming up fast. Very pleased to be doing this. Having spoken with the moderator, Jon Spelman (listed below), it feels as though I’m already dialed in for the discussion. Who knew this opportunity would present itself — ??? — But then again, who knew “B-SideMan” would start to inform my other activities? All very much in the “go figure” category. Peter Bruun (also listed below) has started his “New Day Campaign” which is centered around presenting art that works with healing those suffering from a behavioral disorder or condition, or those who’ve just suffered period. It can pertain to the physical realm, but as with something like PTSD, the condition “lives on” in the mind. I’m going to his Information Meeting because I’d like to continue my work with the veterans, but completely apart from The Telling Project.

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Big Fun w/B-SideMan & Guest Speaking at Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Me @ Reading

That’s me at Single Carrot on a frigid Thursday night. Next to me are several of my “Telling: Baltimore” cast members. Standing is Jim Perry, and sitting almost out of sight if Jeremy Paris. We’re in the small rehearsal space, that was PERFECT for an intimate reading. We had about 15-20 people, some of whom had come for the first reading — mine was the second. The “B-SideMan” reading was all I could have hoped for and more. Received LOADS of positive reaction. And, since I was the only reader, I have to say it felt great to see that my ideas and stories within the play can work. It’s such a free-form script, just a long monologue — BUT — the recollections and themes are pretty spot-on. Not only with how my life has played out artistically but also how my marriage to Nicole and my loss of Charles have ENHANCED who I am as an artist. Ahhh, it sounds so simple.

The painful moments worked, funny moments worked and the overall thread of the play stays true. What I now want to do is make the valleys and crevices of the connections run deeper and wider. Actually, the next night we went to a jazz concert featuring Oliver Lake and a former student from UMBC who’s not a Piano Powerhouse, Lafayette Gilchrist. The last time I saw Lafayette was about 10 years ago. He was playing an outside concert at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Oliver Lake concert brought back lots of remembrances about the first time I really heard jazz — and it was at (of all places) Marlboro College in Vermont. My teachers offered me tutorials in jazz, black drama and black literature — they wanted to make sure I connected to my roots. They knew I was an outsider at Marlboro (only black man there for three of my four years), and a couple folks in particular Geoffrey Brown and Tom Toledo got me good and exposed. As I’ll be mentioning in “B-Side” the first time I heard Coltrane and Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders was at Marlboro. And I also got a healthy dose of “Black Arts Movement”  artists and creative politics. So all of that will factor in with my revisions. But how lucky am I to be able to have a new play read in the dead of winter?! I could be at home grumbling about the weather. But, instead I worked FURIOUSLY to get the script into shape. There’s nothing better than working on a new play, my friends. GBCA

So, this past week I was invited to be one of 3 guest speakers for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) Brown Bag Lunch. We’re all speaking on the theme of Arts and Healing. Here’s some info on the other speakers:

  • Peter Bruun, artist, educator, curator and community activist. You can learn more about Peter here, and his new project, The New Day Campaign, here.
  • Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, cognitive scientist and multidiscinplinary artist. You can learn more about Monica here.

Again, what a fantastic invite! I recently met Peter Bruun and I’m looking forward to meeting Monica Lopez-Gonzalez at the event. They couldn’t have picked a better topic for me to be speaking about.

I’d have to say that February has been very kind to me. And still with a few more days to go!

My Reading @ Single Carrot Theatre Is Coming Hard Round The Bend

February Footlights

Yes, “B-SideMan” has a reading sponsored by the Dramatist Guild. I’m psyched because I’m reading it. How ’bout dem apples. Him wrote it. Him read it. Want details? Of course you do. No disrespect to Ted Gettinger, but I highlighted ALONZO’S info. I’ve been working like A HEBREW SLAVE over this play. And if my buddy Michael is out there — yes, it has the story of our bicycle ride to the reservoir and the complications that arise over butt-dialing. But the play description says it all really.

Baltimore Footlights

Thursday, February 19 @ 7 PM
Baltimore Footlights Reading Series presents two works in process:

Corn, a one-act play by Ted Gettinger
B-SideMan, a narrative solo performance piece by Alonzo LaMont
Regional Rep Brent Englar hosting at Single Carrot Theatre
2600 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Free street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.

Please join us for readings of two new works by DG members:

Corn is the story of two lifelong friends living what appears to be the perfect life in paradise. After one faces a devastatingly public humiliation at the hands of the girl he thought was “the one,” these two friends must determine how to continue living when the dream has become a nightmare and paradise has become your own personal hell.

In B-SideMan, a middle-aged African-American man reflects on growing up black but not angry, his life as a playwright, experience as an exotic dancer, the loss of his son, his journey from “individual satellite” to married man – and ultimately his ongoing battle to keep his creative journey alive.

The event is free and open to Dramatists Guild members and non-members. You may reserve tickets by emailing Brent Englar (Tickets are not required, but they will help us know how many attendees to expect).

A brief talkback with the writer will follow each reading. Please note that we will begin at 7 pm to better accommodate both readings, and we will serve complimentary wine between readings.

Brent Englar
Baltimore Regional Representative
The Dramatists Guild of America