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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.”

The Cast includes:sunni-p-2

  • 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, Home of Urban Creative Arts.


2016 September DS Promo v9


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