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Ninth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Kicks Off with April 29 Fundraiser and May 6 Show
Dayton, Ohio (April 14, 2016) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will launch the ninth season of its Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show with something new this year: a two-night event that includes a first-time fundraiser. Both will be held at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.
Tickets for the April 29 fundraiser and May 6 season opener are available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting The Signature’s page at www.ticketcenterstage.com. Season tickets are available.
A fundraiser to expand awareness of urban creative arts and celebrate The Signature’s 2017 “Decade” season and educational programming will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 29. The event will feature a show previewing performances from upcoming seasons, live music, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, networking and more. Tickets are $45, with proceeds supporting The Signature’s upcoming decade season and Signature Educational Solutions’ programming for youth.
“This high-energy evening will be inclusive of the greater Dayton community,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “Attendees will experience our authentic Signature synergetic vibe and enjoy an entertaining show of our upcoming 2017 decade season celebration.
Next up will be “The Art of Word,” the first performance of the ninth season, held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Tickets are $25 in advance. The Signature Lounge will open at 8 p.m., with cocktails and live music, and the show will start at 9 p.m.
Emmy-nominated spoken word artist Jon Goode and Mahogany Browne of New York City icon the Nuyorican Poets Café will headline. Dayton band Vibe5 will perform its mix of genres of music from classical to jazz, polka to gospel down to hip hop and R&B. The show also will include a variety of local poets, singers and visual artists.
Jon Goode’s debut collection of poems and short stories, Conduit, was the No. 1 African American poetry title on Amazon for 12 weeks in 2015. He’s been featured on CNN’s Black in America, HBO’s Def Poetry, BET’s Lyric Café and TV One’s Verses and Flow. His work has been showcased in commercials for such companies as McDonalds and Nike, and Goode’s play Khalas was showcased in the 2013 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. He has shared the stage with numerous artists, including Mos Def, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Common and Jamie Foxx.
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Mahogany Browne is the author of several books, has released five albums, and her journalism has been published in numerous magazines and her poetry in numerous literary journals. She is the founder of Women Writers of Color, co-editor of Haymarket Anthology, co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production Jam On It, and co-producer of New York City’s first performance poetry festival, SoundBites Poetry Festival. Browne has toured the world as part of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. In addition, she is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices; facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country; is the publisher of Penmanship Books; and the Nuyorican Poets Café’s poetry program director and Friday night slam curator.
Click here for season tickets to enjoy all shows in The Signature’s ninth season:
July 15: Poetic Transformation and Identity
Aug. 19: The Last Poet Standing slam poetry competition
Sept. 16: Tribute to the Black Arts Movement and Nina Simone
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by the Human Race Theatre Company. Other sponsors are Oral Funk Poetry Productions, Signature Education Solutions, WYSO 91.3-FM, the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet, De’Lish Café, Sara Ross State Farm, Hope Road. The Signature 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, Home of Urban Creative Arts.