Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word
"Ortiz, in the show's most entertaining role... She adds some needed comic leavening at several points, without getting too obvious in her characterization." -- Houston Chronicle
The Chicano Messengers' dark spoken word/hip hop theater play, Fear of a Brown Planet, is the story of three Chicano archetypes – construction worker, radical lawyer, and Hispanic socialite – who find themselves in an internment camp with no memory of why or how they got there. Inspired by No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre), Fear of a Brown Planet is a psycho-spiritual journey through internal terror, on a quest for meaning in our collective Brown existence. Directed by Tony Garcia, founder of El Centro Su Teatro. With live, original music by bebop jazz composer Marcus Shelby. After performances in Denver, San Francisco, and Miami (headlining last year's NPN Conference), they sold-out their Texas debut in Houston, June 29th and 30th.
Presented by the National Performance Network, DiverseWorks & MECA's Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Concert Series. Chicano Messengers projects have been developed with assistance from Xicanindio (Mesa, AZ) and El Centro Su Teatro (Denver, CO).
Performances in the planning stages include a festival in Los Angeles
- fall of
2007. Check in the coming months for details.
Marc David Pinate is a poet, playwright, actor,
organizer, and activist currently residing in Berkeley,
California. Pinate is the co-founder and front man-poet of Grito
Serpentino, a spoken word and music ensemble. In 1999 Pinate was
a member of the San Jose Slam Team which took first place at the
National Slam Championships in Chicago and which earned him an
appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes.
Paul S. Flores is the 2003 PEN OAKLAND award winning
author of the novel Along the Border Lies (ZYZZYVA), and
lives in Oakland. He has been performing since 1996 as a member
of Los Delicados. He has featured at the National Hip Hop
Festival in La Habana, Cuba, The Chicago Museum for Contemporary
Arts, The Nuyorican Poets Café, and on two seasons of Russell
Simmons Presents: Def Poetry. He is the author of hip
hop/spoken word stage plays, including de/cipher (2001),
No Man's Land (2002) directed by Kamilah Forbes, and
The Fruitvale Project (2003), directed by Elia Arce.