UNDER THE RADAR: PUBLIC THEATER
Peter Mark Kendall and Whitney White collaborate on a fascinating cinematic
journey of a part of their lives which covers many aspects of their emotional calm and tensions,
their isolation, desires, intimacy, identity which encompass race and class at a time of many difficult
and intense passages of time.
It covers seasons and passions and seasons pass through like a memory of pain in a beautiful and
poignant song cycle.
We encouner times of violence, loneliness and shock of pandemic, empty streets and protests.
Lonely country roads with fallen leaves of changing seasons. In a short time the piece which
have been pre-recorded covers a wast journey of extremely difficult time of this very moment
when many questions have to be asked and answered.
Peter Mark Kendall's character is a white rich man and Whitney White is black.
He is from South Africa but their family has moved to America to avoid the violent and painful
history of South Africa. Present day violence hits hard and it for sure complicate relationships between
the couple of mixed race and class.
They sing, they take longwalks, they drink wine on a swing, they express lots of their personal
feelings but those feeling reflects grave emotions of current events, BLM, Pandemic, violent
protests. It's a very effective way to sing through the mixture of emotions.
Whitney White has a great husky and melodious voice which goes deep into our soul when she sings,
"Things are not alright." And for sure things are not right.
Capsule is beautiful, sensitive and tender depiction of difficult emotions to say the least.
Espiritu, a production of Teatro Anonimo of Chile is written and directed by Trinidad Gonzalez
who also is an actor in it. Espiritu is a combination of a few different stories taking place on
one night in an unknown city. The three characters in the play seems like facing a crisis in the city
and want to do something about it. They feel they need a purpose to live because their lives are
not to their taste. They are unhappy about consumerism and exploitation but subconsciously
some of them also have a desire of entitlemnt. In one story a woman is standing in the street
near a car and that little area of the street is lit by the light from above, coming through his window
so he yells at her as if she is occupying his space. He believes he owns that part of the street.
In another story, a woman wants more than love which her musician boy friend provides her
in plenty but she desires other things, material things such as a car.
The characters plan to have a revolution. They want to trap the evils of the world in a bottle and get rid
of it but never carry it out. The piece loses momentum at some point but still is worth it.
Stunning Alicia Hall Moran sings with her husky and melodious voice. Songs which combines jazz,
opera and motown blues and poetics. Shot in clubs and different locations in different neighborhoods.
Steven Herring and Barrington Lee (Vocals) equally good.
Alicia's presence, her voice and her beauty is hauntingly moving.
Her voice is choking with the desire and longing of love, infatuation, yearning to be together and it
crosses all bounderies of nations, the occeans, color and race. It's a great production and a great
ensemble together. Thomas Flippen (Guitar) Reggie Washington (Bass)
I would love to see this again live soon when we can all gather without the fear of pandmic.
Congratulations to the Public theater to do this under difficult times.
Bina Sharif: editor/publisher: artsinternational.blogspot.com