Friday, March 27, 2009

Usman's thoughts

We are now in our last weekend of American Ethnic, and the fact that we have 4 sold out shows is an amazing testament to the beautiful artistic work, and excellent marketing of this production! I could not be happier with how things have turned out for us…the work is slick, meaningful and diverse. The production values are excellent, the talk backs with academics and civic leaders brilliant. I think this is the first year that thinkTank has really been what was first envisioned- a month of powerful eclectic and socially conscisous work.

As an actor and an artist its been a great growth process for me as well, giving me the opportunity to hone some of my writing, figuring out what works for me and what doesn’t, and what do I need to be able to tell a story clearly, AND stylistically. Its been dope, its been real, and I am excited to see where we can take this show- around the country, festivals…the sky is the limit.


Anonymous said...

Take the show on the road? For sure. I have seen all three thinkTank seasons and this show is the culmination of lots of hard work developing the concept.

Everything about American Ethnic was great from direction, lighting, sound, writing and performance. Audience response added greatly to the enjoyment.

I hope these same performers can come back with another production or even an encore.

Maani said...

thanks a l0t for the positive vibes.

We are currently in talks with Remy Bumppo to figure out where we will be taking the show. One thing for sure, we have plans to get it to some national and international festivals.

I'm here in Chicago, Kelly is in NYC and Idris in New Mexico. So getting together is a little hard right now, but thanks to the power of the internet, we are in communication! Stay tuned!