Whew! What else can I say, having journeyed through two full performance weeks into our dark day? With only eleven shows left, and twelve completed - including the three previews - I Am increasingly humbled by the responses and conversations had, so far. Kill Move Paradise is truly changing lives and opening up people's minds and perspectives on how much needs to change in this country. It could not have happened at a better time, given the current condition of our nation and government. For too long, we have swept issues under the rug, to the point we can no longer hide the mountainous fabric of our impurities. More on that in another blog...
Those who have been able to experience the journey of Kill Move Paradise, will understand when I express my excitement in getting through our first two-show day of the run, on Saturday, June 10th. One performance night requires quite the lot of energy, focus and openness, as it is; two give that 110% twice in one day...like I said, I am thoroughly relieved to have been able to endure it, without over-exertion and fatigue. Many folks many not believe it, nor understand it, but acting requires such a level of athleticism - physical, mental, spiritual, emotional - and Actors are often under-estimated in that regard. Nonetheless, because we are so very passionate about not only our work as Artists, but about our mission as Storytellers. James Ijames has penned quite the message to communities, to this nation, that the four of us, the Crew and Producers all have a moral obligation to upholding every fiber of that message and ensure that it is told properly. A certain publication has acknowledged said message and humbled us with its perspective.
Yes, as if this Journey could not get any more gratifying, The New York Times came out and so profoundly reviewed Kill Move Paradise. Ben Brantley, Chief Theatre Critic of TNYT, evidently felt what many others have been feeling after leaving a perfomance and eloquently expressed it, encouraging readers to take advantage of the opportunity to see for themselves, while the show is still running. Last night's audience-surge was a result of his outlook, along with the ever-increasing social media postings and hashtagging. The Love and Support is real! It is truly a deep, deep honor to walk on-stage with my Brothers, my fellow Kings: Sidiki Fofana, Clinton Lowe and Ryan Jamaal Swain, every night, every performance, every Journey to a space of Healing. Don't miss out on the ride. Get yours. Until soon...
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Donnell E. Smith