Harry Waters Jr. and Jewelle Gomez speak about their new project “Waiting for Giovanni” a two act play in development about African-American gay writer, James Baldwin (1924-1987). “Waiting for Giovanni” is a collaboration with actor Harry Waters Jr., writer Jewelle Gomez and director Arturo Catricala.
Harry Waters Jr. is an esteemed actor in comedy, musical, and dramatic roles.
In the Twin Cities he has acted at Mixed Blood Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater Co., Penumbera Theater Co. and the Guthrie Theater. He has directed for Thirst Theater, Pillsbury House Theater and been Assistant Director for the Guthrie Theater.He is most famous for his portrayal of Marvin Berry in Back to the Future (1985.) Film Credits also include Disney's Adventures in Wonderland, and Big Bully starring Rick Moranis.
*Jewelle Gomez*, writer, activist
Jewelle Gomez:http://www.jewellegomez.com is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, “The Gilda Stories” from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage BONES ASH: A GILDA STORY, was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals.
She was on the founding board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and an original member of the boards of the Astraea Foundation and the Open Meadows Foundation.
She currently works for Horizons Foundation:http://horizonsfoundation.org
April 19 - James Baldwin Across the Disciplines: A Colloquium
There is an evening public performance of the one-person play
James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop, starring NY actor Calvin Levels.
Before I was seven years old there were so many labels on my back beginning with nigger. By the time I was 14 I went through a kind of nervous breakdown, which happened when I was a preacher. And by the time I was 17 1 had survived all the labels, including the label of faggot. It wasn't and it isn't easy. James Baldwin
From Baldwin Comes Out by Dr. James S. Tinney:http://www.blacklightonline.com/baldwin.html
S. Bear Bergman:http://www.sbearbergman.com, Jewish transgender writer, theater artist, instigator, and gender-jammer
Ze is also the author of Butch Is a Noun (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2006) and three award-winning solo performances, as well as a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics. On the stage, Clearly Marked and Monday Night in Westerbork are still touring the country, inspiring and enlightening audiences across the US and Canada. S. Bear Bergman will be in the Twin Cities for a week long series of talks, performances and book readings.
On Some Other
Marvin Berry (Harry Waters Jr) the Starlighters
Back To The Future: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Billy Tipton Trio
Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn, composer)
Sweet Georgia Brown
Topps LP 1522, circa 1955 (www.queermusicheritage.com)