Playwright/Producer: Derek Lee McPhatter
Director: Christopher Burris
Music Director: Dionne McClain-Freeney
Composer/Arranger: Germono Toussaint
DJ: Manchild Black
Featuring Jazmine Alexandria, Jason C. Brown, Julie Brown, Freddie Cosmo, Kalon Hayward, Julius Hollingsworth, Janet LaFontaine, Sammulous, and Armani Williams
Bring the Beat Back is a queer, black, sci-fi music-theater experience, set in a funky, futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality. Inspired by Afrofuturism, house music and the underground ball scene, the show follows a young man struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. Our hero journeys towards spiritual affirmation and self-discovery as conservative religious authorities and an ostentatious queer subculture clash over the music at the center of his world.
This work was supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS residency.