2/21/2008 Fresh Fruit


Hosts: *Dixie Treichel John Townsend*

Black History Month

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.*, Actor, Director, Assistant Professor of Theater at Macalester College:http://www.macalester.edu

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

*James Baldwin Symposium* - April 13 -19, 2008 - Carleton College:http://www.carleton.edu

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


*Heidi Schreiber*, Human Rights Campaign

Focus on Diversity:http://www.hrc.org/about_us/2531.htm

*S. Bear Bergman*

Feb. 19-25 in the Twin Cities / U of M Transgender Commission:http://www.glbta.umn.edu/trans/

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.

Playlist Tracks: 
Deep Dickollective - Negrolosophy
Album: On Some Other; Label: Sugartruck Recordings
Marvin Berry (Harry Waters Jr) the Starlighters - Earth Angel
Album: Back To The Future: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack; Label: MCA
Billy Tipton Trio - Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn, composer)
Album: Sweet Georgia Brown; Label: Topps LP 1522, circa 1955 (www.queermusicheritage.com)
Tracy Chapman - Talkin Bout A Revolution
Album: Tracy Chapman; Label: Elektra -Wea