From The Page to The Stage…

From the page to the stage, the process of becoming continues for Eunice: Star Shine and Clay, Oral Funk Poetry Theatre and Productions’ poetic drama co-written by Sierra and Nate Leone.

After casting the show in late September, the collaborative team of OFP Theatre & Productions and the University of Dayton Theater, Dance, and Performance Technology Program lead by Michelle Hayford have been in rehearsals ahead of a November 30 opening night.

“Everyone knows that if you’re interacting with Nina Simone in any form; it’s empowering and inspiring and challenges you in the moment you’re in,” says co-writer Sierra Leone of the play’s namesake Eunice Waymon, known internationally as Nina Simone. “She’s intense, her work is intense, but our goal is to do her justice and make her legacy, both her triumphs and tumult, real.”

Leone first encountered Simone in a 2003 article in Essence Magazine after the artist, Black activist, and High Priestess of Soul had died, “I went and bought all of her music that I could and spent at least two years straight listening to it.”

To watch members of the cast have that same experience with Simone as an artist is magical for Sierra Leone.

“For young artists to see her sacrificing everything to be involved in the Black Arts Movement with Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and pay the price for her art and activism, and having to embody that, that’s something I couldn’t do so Nate and I wrote it.”

The responsibility of embodying Simone’s story falls to a talented cast with all principle roles being portrayed by African Americans, which, Leone notes, is still a rarity in mainstream theater.

OFP Theatre & Productions’ theatrical debut is being directed by Michelle Hayford with support from her University of Dayton team, who are experts in the courageous task of bringing new work to the stage.

“We call Michelle ‘Dreamcatcher’ because of her willingness to stretch her staff and herself to make work that challenges both the audience and the cast/crew.”

Patrons and friends of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show are invited to witness the world premiere of Eunice: Star Shine and Clay on November 30 and December 1 at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre. Join OFP Theatre & Productions for a night of theater that will inspire, empower, and challenge through music, poetry, and our current moment.

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Auditions! Eunice Starshine and Clay

Sometimes the muse demands more, and as artists, we must answer that call.

After 2016’s Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone & the Black Arts Movement, Oral Funk Poetry Theatre and Productions’ Sierra Leone says, “Nina Simone wouldn’t let us go.”Nina

Two years later, OFP Theatre & Productions and the University of Dayton Theater, Dance, and Performance Technology Program are announcing auditions for Eunice: Star Shine and Clay on September 24 in anticipation of the production’s premiere on November 30 and December 1 in Dayton, Ohio.

The road to creating this new theatrical work was not an easy one; although well versed in presenting music, art and poetry through The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, Leone says that after months of conversations with arts colleagues it became clear it was time to write a play.

Eunice: Star Shine and Clay is a poetic drama about the life of Eunice Waymon, known internationally as Nina Simone, artist, Black activist, and High Priestess of Soul. The work represents a shift for Sierra and Nate Leone of OFP Theatre & Productions, who co-wrote the play.  Audition details click here

“Usually we each have our roles in creating a production, but to write something together required a whole different type of collaboration and energy,” says Sierra Leone. “We’re shaping the experience completely based on our history as artists.”

That history came into play in 2017 as OFP Theatre & Productions celebrated its 10th anniversary and produced its decade season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, which will return in 2019 after a year off for its “Beyond the Decade” season.

Sierra Leone says that a decade of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show has lead directly to the creation of Eunice: Star Shine and Clay, “Every single moment leading to this moment is what made this piece possible. Every artist, every sponsor and supporter, every patron, every glitch, every success and failure lead us here. Nina Simone’s energy and spirit carried us here, and after 10 years of standing on our own, we called on our community for support.”

Support came in form of Michelle Hayford and the University of Dayton Theater, Dance, and Performance Technology Program, who were also collaborators on Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone & the Black Arts Movement. Victoria Theatre Association Team and VP of Education/ Engagement Gary Minyard. sparked our playwright energy, our home theatre and co-partners, The Human Race Theatre Company, WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis, Crystal Perkins, poet and educator Furaha Henry-Jones, musician and educator G. Scott Jones, Lisa Wagner and the Ohio Arts Council who honored Leone and OFP Theatre & Productions with a 2018 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts.

Heading into auditions, Sierra Leone says she feels excited, joy-filled, nervous, and protected in this opportunity to grow as an artist, “Becoming a playwright is totally different. This is legacy work.”

This is just the beginning.

 

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The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Closes the 10th Season of Urban Creative Arts with “BEYOND THE DECADE”

For More Information:
Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957
ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com

Decade Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

Closes with Beyond The Decade December 1 Show

Dayton, Ohio (November 8, 2017) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will close its decade season with the dynamic Off-Broadway-inspired “Beyond The Decade,” an evening starring Jessica Care Moore, Georgia Me, and Queen Sheba. The production will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec 1, 2017.

Advance tickets for the December 1 season finale are $25, available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting The Signature’s page at  www.ticketcenterstage.com. The Signature Lounge and full bar will be open pre-and post-show. 

Sierra Leone, Co-founder and Creative Director of Oral Funk Poetry Productions explains, “This high-energy evening will close the decade season with the same fiery authentic energy that has carried OFP through the season.  Live rollercoaster ride performances by three fierce and prolific spoken word artists will close out this 10-year milestone. She continues, “Having the opportunity to partner and host our productions at The Loft Theatre, collaborate with the Cincinnati Arts Association, host our first Signature Improv collaboration at the Black Box Improv Theatre and now returning to our home theatre to close out the season featuring three legendary Poets.” Has come a decade season to remember.

NNBB_500x500since 2012, the Nasty Nati Brass Band has fired up the Ohio landscape, performing at the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest, Cincinnati Jazz& BBQ Fest, the Greenwich, Cleveland’s Bop Stop, BluJazz in Akron, and Blues Alley in Washington, DC. NNBB embodies traditions from New Orleans, Ohio Funk, Jazz, R&B, and Historically Black College and University Bands. The nine-member ensemble always leaves audiences wanting more.

JESS1Jessica Care Moore the Founder, Black WOMEN Rock and a Detroit Native. She is the winner of the Alain Locke Award. Featured poet on Karriem Riggins Headnod Suite & Jeezy’ s Church in these streets, Black Tea -The legend of Jessi James-signed music artist on Talib Kweli’s Javotti Label. CEO, Moore Black Press, Author of Sunlight Through Bullet Holes and the forthcoming, We Want Our Bodies Back and Apollo Theatre Legend.

DSC_2641Georgia Me is an Atlanta native and resident who has propelled her love of poetry into a mighty heralded career! Anointed as the Queen of Spoken Word.  She has appeared 7x on Russel Simmons HBO DEF POETRY also starring in the Broadway adaptation earning a TONY AWARD. She has won numerous awards domestic and international, including an EMMY AWARD and PEABODY. Georgia Me has appeared on Verses and Flow, Lyric Cafe, The Today Show, Carson Daly, the Monique Show and so many others!  Recently completed a 2017 Tour with 2xGrammy award winning Miss Jill Scott.

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Queen Sheba is an Int’l 4 Countries Slam Champion, two-time National Poetry Slam Champ. Sheba is also a featured performer on season two of Verses and Flow, brought to you by Lexus on TV One. Sheba has a Masters in Poetry from Queens University Spoken Word artist, Sheba tours internationally six albums, two of which were up for a Grammy under the Spoken Word category and she is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee. Queen Sheba has two books: From Foster Care to Fame short stories and poems too long for three minutes and Run Ugly!

23167949_10155253139473867_261924217773220136_nErin Smith-Glenn is the featured Visual Artist. She is an assistant professor of art, advisor of the Visual Arts Club and proud alum of Central State University. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in 2D drawing and painting. Erin has exhibited works in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois, respectively. 

For the last decade, Oral Funk Poetry Productions has been devoted to providing a platform for the authenticity of spoken word to meet the prestige of live theater. The Signature has earned a reputation in the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous. More information is available online at www.tripplecroxxent.org, Home of Urban Creative Arts

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is sponsored by our seven-year partner, The Human Race Theater Company, our Leading Sponsor-University of Dayton IACT, along with Oregon Express, WYSO – 91.3, Delish Café, Signature Educational Solutions and Tripple Croxx Entertainment 

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The Signature Celebrates “The Decade” with Improv & Razzle Dazzle Fun

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957                                                                                                           ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com

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The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show celebrates 10 Years with Razzle Dazzle

DAYTON, OH – Oral Funk Poetry Productions and The Human Race Theatre Company will present What’s Your Razzle Dazzle, the third and penultimate show of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show’s 10th season, from 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at the Black Box Improv Theater (518 E. 3rd St., Dayton). Doors will open at 5 p.m., with savory hors- d’oeuvre and “Razzle Dazzle” drinks.  Tickets are $40, and are available at  TicketCenterStage.com.

What’s Your Razzle Dazzle will showcase both the visual and performing arts during an evening featuring spoken word, improv, and atmospheric music including features  from Justin Howard, Sierra Leone & Black Box Theatre Improv Performers.

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Visual Artist Harry Sanchez will be creating a live interactive experience. His border city roots has made Harry keenly aware of boundaries everywhere and in response has developed a practice of reacting against rules and limits. His work strives to be the counter-balance in a world of conformity and is an exploration into identities based on inner and outer perceptions as well as the perceptions of identity that are created by people’s actions or inactions. He recently attained his MFA from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati and his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is originally from El Paso, Texas but currently lives and works out of Dayton, Kentucky.

“This is a real landmark for us,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions (OFP). “It’s amazing that in this region, and now beyond, we’ve been able to create and sustain a professional showcase of urban creative arts. That is not an easy accomplishment, but it has been so rewarding, and this event is a time to breathe together, give thanks, show love, and be one in the joy of artistic freedom.” The event will ask audience members the question, What’s your razzle dazzle?  “Your muse, your inspiration, that passion and creative spark deep within that drives you to create,” Leone said in definition. “Artists don’t create because they want to, we create because there’s something inside us that has to get out. It is not always comfortable, but when expression is desired it always find a way to come forth!

“That razzle dazzle energy burns inside all of us,” she said. “Everyone’s is different, but everyone has it. At this event, we will reveal ours, but we will also involve the audience so dress comfortable and come prepared to have fun.
“The Signature has allowed us to bring nationally recognized names to work with artists here in Dayton for a Decade. Razzle Dazzle is centered in celebrating the joys of the past ten years and also what is Beyond The Decade.

Leone will also make a special announcement at the event regarding her future and the future of their family of brands at the October 14, 2017 celebration.

The Decade Season is supported by Black Box Improv Theatre, Oral Funk Poetry Productions, Human Race Theatre Company, University of Dayton IACT, Oregon Printing, Signature Educational Solutions, Delish Café, & Tripple Croxx.

OFP Productions is known across the U.S for producing and co-presenting The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. The shows spontaneous, edgy, thought provoking and engaging design creates the experience of a New York Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue. During the DECADE season, OFP Productions will continue to use ingenious expressions of vibrant sexy, racy, and diverse varieties of performance in one incredible two-hour experience. More information on OFP and The Signature events can be found at triplecroxxent.org, home of urban creative arts.

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Sponsorship opportunities are still available for local businesses interested in increasing their visibility while investing in the arts in the greater Dayton region. For sponsorship information, contact Oral Funk Poetry Productions at (937) 241-4957.

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Who is Jasmine Brown 2017?

Since its inception in 2014, De’Lish Cafe has been a leading sponsor and supporter of Last Poet Standing.  Owner Jasmine Brown gives an inside look at her current life experiences as a female entrepreneur of color and supporter of the arts.  As a longtime supporter of TCE, we sat down to chat about how live has been post Spring of 2016.

Q:  How did it all start for you?

A: DeLish was a concept from my husband and myself. The menu is compiled of dishes we’ve had from restaurants we’ve visited in other states. My husband loved spicy foods so that’s why our menu has a somewhat New Orleans style to it.

Q:  Tell me about a time that it was  hard to be a business owner . How did you handle it?”

A: The hardest time I had being a business owner was when my husband passed. Things were really rough in the first few months. The strength of my children, a lot of prayers and hard work was what helped me get through that rough time. The hardest time I had being a business owner was when my husband passed. Things were really rough in the first few months. The strength of my children, a lot of prayers and hard work was what helped me get through that rough time.

Q:  Why do you love the ARTS, Specifically Spoken Word and self-expression?   

A: I’ve always had a LOVE for the arts. I feel like someone that is able to get up on the microphone in front of people and share their most intimate thoughts and feelings to an audience is AMAZING! Its a beautiful gift. I love watching someone on stage pour out their life in words. It’s really unexplainable sometimes!

 

 Q:  What is a normal day like for you? 

A:  A normal day for me would consist of checking emails and returning phone calls in the morning. Running errands for the restaurant and making sure my kids are good. Taking calls throughout the day.. maybe a quick meeting with a friend. Trying to find something to eat in between time. Eventually making my way back to the restaurant to make sure my guests are getting taken care of. Depending on what day it is I may not get home until after midnight.

 

 

Q:  What is something that people do not know about you?

A:  I really wish I could take ballet classes. I love the way dancers move so gracefully and how their bodies are in tune with the music that is being played. Dance is just a beautiful form of art to me!

Q:  Currently, what are two joys and two challenges about being a entrepreneur?

A: Not having to answer to anyone…. you are your own boss.

Knowing that I’ve created jobs that’s helping people take care of their family is one of the greatest feelings in the world! 2) You are your own boss, if you don’t do it, sometimes it will not get done.  Learning that you can’t please everyone can be such a terrible thing to battle with. Especially when you’re a people pleaser!

Q:  What is your favorite movie; last three years?

A:   My favorite movie… of all times would be Carlitos Way!  It’s such a beautiful love story played throughout the movie.  The last three years… 12 Years A Slave! Epic movie!

Q:  Why is supporting Local – State important to here?

A:   Being a entrepreneur myself, I know the cliche blood, the sweat, the tears that’s put into owning a business. I know that when I support a local business I support my community a family that I can interact with. A voice and a face that most of the time I can touch and see. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m helping provide the means to someone’s dream!


$1000.00 Cash Prize to The Last Poet Standing, August 25, 2017


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The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show
to Host Spoken Word Competition –
Last Poet Standing IV
August 25, 2017
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

Cincinnati, OH – LAST POET STANDING IV returns to the Aronoff Center! Last Poet Standing IV is a head-to-head spoken word competition which will be featured as a part of the tenth season of the Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. This ‘Unorthodox SPOKEN WORD Competition’ has brought the best performing artists across the Midwest to the stage! LAST POET STANDING has a large individual grand prize of $1,000, and this summer OFP Productions will collaborate with several organizations to present LPS in the Aronoff Center’s intimate and beautiful Jarson-Kaplan Theater in downtown Cincinnati at 650 Walnut Street on Friday, August 25 from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 7:30 PM, featuring live music and a full bar.

OFP created this style of competition in Dayton thirteen years ago. The #LPS Poetry Competition will feature the word-play, story-telling, fiery aesthetic of Spoken Word. The one night only head-to-head competition will highlight performers from across the Midwest. Competitors will perform original work and the event host is nationally-renowned Philadelphia ‘Brave New Voices’ coach Just Greg. Live music will be infused into the competition, highlighting music from all genres (Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, and more) and decades. Come out to enjoy the Signature’s third production of the Decade season and watch the best poets in the region battle to be the Last Poet Standing and win ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!  Six of the competitors this year are from Cincinnati.

General admission tickets are $26.00 and are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], or at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Student discount tickets are $16 and are available ONLY at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office with student ID.

The winner of Last Poet Standing IV will receive a grand prize of $1,000 and the second-place winner will be featured during the 2018 season of The Signature. This event is designed to spotlight the word-play, story-telling, fiery aesthetic of spoken word and will be hosted by DJ Vader and nationally-renowned performing artist Just Greg Corbin.

“Last Poet Standing IV is a universal platform that bridges all ages and communities,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “It opens the door for everyone to come together and share the same space. It takes a lot of heart to be a part of this. Past years’ competitions have been amazing and even featured high school students from Wordplay Cincy and Stivers School for the Arts [Dayton, OH]. The production serves as an homage to the spoken word genre and will be a night of exciting, fast-paced, engaging, and spontaneous fun.”

Host for the evening, Greg “Just Greg” Corbin, is a poet, writer, teacher, hip hop artist and community activist. He has performed across the globe from England to South Africa and shared stages with India Arie, Mos Def, Nikki Giovanni, and Saul Williams, among others. Founder of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (featured on the HBO program “Brave New Voices”), Greg is a socially and politically engaged artist, frequently conducting workshops in prisons and schools and tackling controversial topics including religion, the politics of education and love, bullying, racism, and parenting in today’s world

DJ Vader and Baoku Moses will be the featured entertainment during Last Poet Standing IV.  Cincinnati-based on air radio personality, DJ Vader, has been recognized as “Best DJ/Radio Personality” by Best of Black Cincinnati. You can hear him spinning your Old School favorites on Cincinnati’s 100.3, or on his podcast, WTFU Radio. Baoku Moses is a multi-talented performing artist, who is well rounded as an actor, drummer, dancer, teacher Afro-beat singer, songwriter, producer, band leader, and a composer. Baoku’s creative use of percussion with strains of American jazz to create his Afro-beat music is a masterpiece.  In addition, Cincinnati Visual Artist Ryan Nichole will display original Art Work. For more information about Ryan’s art, visit https://www.facebook.com /ryannicholestudios/.

“Last Poet Standing IV is a great opportunity for the community to support urban creative arts,” Leone said. “It is a wonderful theatrical option for those who love the arts and want to experience all the genres within spoken word and poetry.”

The Signature is supported by the Cincinnati Arts Association, Signature Educational Solutions, University of Dayton IACT, Oregon Printing, Delish Café, Bold Creative Solutions & Tripple Croxx.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available for local businesses interested in increasing their visibility while investing in the arts in Cincinnati. For sponsorship information, contact Oral Funk Poetry Productions at (937) 241-4957.

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse, and spontaneous. More information and details are available online at www.tripplecroxxent.org the home of Urban Creative Arts.

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$1000.00 to The LAST POET STANDING Cincinnati Edition

SIGN-UP TODAY & Represent Your City!

 

OFP Productions Supported by the Cincinnati Arts Association Presents….

“LAST POET STANDING IV”

Date: Friday, August 25, 2017

MANDATORY Performers Requirements:

STEP 1: Please submit a Photo of yourself and a 3:00-5:00 minute video (cell phone, youtube, etc) of yourself performing your original work. Submit the photo to ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com ATTN: LPSIV

STEP 2: You will receive confirmation that all requested information has been received.

STEP 3: You will receive notification within 48 hours regarding your participation.

STEP 4: Pay Entry Fee:  $60.00 (Non- Refundable)

Submit your requirements & entrance fee via PayPal to ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com

Or

Mail to:

126 N. Main St.

Suite 300

Dayton, Ohio 45402

ATTN: Tripple Croxx Ent-LPS III

(Please notify OFPP via email that you payment has been mailed)

Amenities Included:

All Access on event day

Green room (Food and Drinks)

Pre-event workshop available (T.B.A.)

Video Footage in HD

Event Photography

Live Music: DJ Vada Mixx, Southwest, Ohio Favorite!

Guest Emcee : National Spoken Word Artist and Poet Just GREG

 

LAST POET STANDING is going on the road! This “Unorthodox SPOKEN WORD Competition” has brought the best performing artists across the Midwest to the stage! Last Poet Standing has the largest individual grand prize, and this summer OFP Productions will collaborate with several organizations to present LPS in the intimate and beautiful Jarson-Kaplan Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.  OFP Productions created this style of competition in Dayton 13 years ago.  The #LPS Poetry Competition will feature the word-play, story-telling fiery aesthetic of Spoken Word. The one night only Head to Head competition will highlight performers across the Midwest. Competitors will perform original work, and the event host is nationally renowned Philadelphia “Brave New Voices” coach Just Greg.  The show will include a melting pot of melodic musical vibes and authentic artistry mixed with synergetic Signature flavor.  DJ Vader Mixx will provide music that will be infused into the competition, highlighting music from all genres (Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R& B, and more) and decades.  Come out to enjoy the Signature’s third production of the decade season and watch the best poets in the region battle to be the Last Poet Standing and win ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

 

For More Information visit us at www.tripplecroxxent.org or http://www.tripplecroxxent-blog.com/

Twitter Hashtag:  #LPSCincy #LPSoralfunkpoetry #LPSohio #LPSIV

 

DECADE SEASON: Sponsors and Supports:

Seventh Annual Co-presenter: The Human Race Theatre Company, University of Dayton IACT, Signature Educational Solutions, Delish Café, Tripple Croxx Entertainment, Black Box Improv Theatre & Oregon Express, 

 

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OFP Productions known across the U.S for producing and co-presenting

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show. The shows spontaneous, edgy, thought provoking and engaging design creates the experience of a New York Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue.  During the DECADE season, OFP Productions will continue to use ingenious expressions of vibrant sexy, racy, and diverse varieties of performance while delivering the show in one incredible two-hour experience. 

For More Information:  http://www.tripplecroxxent-blog.com/ or visit us at www.tripplecroxxent.org

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OFP Productions DECADE SEASON … is on the way!

Dearest Signature Fans,

There is nothing like knowing that you are missed! Thank you for the phone calls, emails & text messages. OFP Productions is alive and well!  We are excited and prepared to celebrate a #DECADE of Producing The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show in Dayton, Ohio at The Loft Theatre.  OFP Productions is honored to continue our Co-presenting partnership with The Human Race Theatre Company.

Signature Fans during the Decade Season you will have an opportunity to spend an evening in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Aronoff Center as well. We have so much more to share and will do so at the best time.  This is a year of celebration for Oral Funk Poetry Productions, our supporters, & patrons and that is how we shall proceed. Signature Friends, stay tuned and save the dates.

Decade Season Subscriptions & Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 5, 2017!

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When Legends Team Up! Amazing Art & Poetry is Revealed!  Join Dr. Haki  Madhubuti & Willis “Bing” Davis at the 10th Annual Visual Voices Celebration

My first experience with poetry outside of Ohio was Upstate New York at the Betty Shabazz Wholistic Retreat Center. The Writer’s Retreat was being hosted by Third World Press. It was life changing. Everyone from Susan Taylor to Sonia Sanchez was there. I connected with artists and writers that I am still connected with today.  On the train ride home from the retreat I received my first phone call from Nikki Giovanni.  As a young poet, these experiences altered my course!

Poets, Writers, and Spoken Word Artists, I encourage you to attend the reception and the after-set session with our Visual Voices special guest Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti. The poetic legend, author, community activist, and founder of Third World Press, Chicago, IL, will be the guest speaker at the 10th Anniversary Dayton Skyscrapers artist reception on Sunday, February 12th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Wintergarden at the Schuster Center. (RSVP by February 8, 2017, if you plan to attend the reception)

If you did not see him when he came to Sinclair Community College several years ago or would like another opportunity to experience his wisdom, writing, and poetry, this event will be the perfect opportunity to witness the radical, profomaxresdefaultund, and world renowned, Professor Madhubuti!

HBO DEF POETRY Performance  This will be an amazing honor for Dayton and artists across the region.  Third World Press has been creating strong & innovative traditions in Black Literature for decades!

TWO OPPORTUNITIES IN ONE DAY!  (POETS /WRITERS PLEASE ATTEND) Professor Madhubuti has also agreed to attend a special after-set session at the EbonNia Gallery, 1135 W. Third Street, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to meet and interact with some of the local writers, artists, and poets.

 

Sierra Leone| Writer & Artistic Director | OFP Productions 937-241-4957 

 

 

 

 

The Signature- Live at The Boll Theatre, One Night Only!

For More Information:  Sierra Leone 937-241-4957  | ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com

Black Arts Movement Tribute to Close Ninth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show on Sept. 16

nina-2Dayton, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2016) – Celebrate the tide-shifting power of poetry, music and art Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone and the Black Arts Movement, presented by Oral Funk Poetry Productions and the University of Dayton. This season-closing production of the off-Broadway theatrical revue, The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the University of Dayton Boll Theatre, 300 College Park Dr.

Tickets are $25 and available online or by calling 937-228-3630. You can also call (937) 229-2545~ UD Ticketing Info.

2016 September DS Promo v9Sierra Leone, founder and Creative Director of Oral Funk Poetry Productions explains, “The goal of this show is to create two hours that will pay homage to those were alive  during the birth of the Black Arts Movement and able to remember that time and to   allow younger generations to experience the dynamic work that has been the catalyst for cross-cultural artistic collaboration.” She continues, “With the opportunity to present our Productions at The Loft Theatre in partnership with the HRTC,  Host our Pre-DECADE SEASON Fundraiser, collaborate with the Cincinnati Arts Association, The  9th Season has been exciting. Closing the season by partnering with the University of Dayton is priceless.”

In addition to original pieces performed by renowned spoken word artists, Four Women will also feature some of the most iconic works of poetry performed in homage to icons like Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, and others who drove change in the 1960’s and 70’s. Tributes in dance and music will also highlight the diverse and dynamic nature of the Black Arts Movement. This includes house band for the evening, Dayton’s own Vibe5, known to have listeners grooving to a varied repertoire of genres. Audience members are also welcome to attend a reception after the show and take advantage of the opportunity to dialogue with the cast about their connection to the Black Arts Movement.

“This show will be inclusive of every aspect of The Black Arts Movement era, highlighting specifically the work of Nina Simone as well as innovations in jazz, blues and funk,” Sierra Leone adds. “It also will connect to a modern-day reflection of the experiences of those times through a variety of art forms.”

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  • Nationally renowned Spoken Word Artists Sunni Patterson, M’Reld Green and Columbus native Naki Akrobettoe
  • UD Professor Emeritus and Poet Herbert Woodard Martin
  • Sinclair Community College Professor and Writer Furaha Henry Jones,  Dr. G. Scott Jones, D.M.A. on Trombone,                            Blues Legend & Instructor Sharon Lane
  • Dancer, Crystal Perkins, of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Saxophonist, Dave Speed of Dayton
  • Spoken Word Artist:  A Slate, Cleavon Matthews, Tripp Fontane
  • Central State University, Percussionist Instructor, Joseph Glenn
  • Poet/Singer  Destiny Donlson & Stivers Dance Student, Allyia Nelloms
  • Ed’Chucky Baker & Choir 3300
  • Dayton-92.1 WROU Program Director & Marconi Award Nominee, Faith Daniels2016 September DS Promo v9

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, is co-presented by The University of Dayton Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program. Other supporters are Oral Funk Poetry Productions, Signature Education Solutions, the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet  and The Human Race Theatre Company. The Signature has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, groundbreaking, funny, engaging, sexy, diverse and spontaneous.

For more information, visit www.tripplecroxxent.org, Home of Urban Creative Arts.

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2016 September DS Promo v9