OFP Productions Season 9 Announcement

Tripple Croxx Entertainment is excited about the upcoming Season. The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show returns to The Loft Theatre this Spring!

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The Signature Returns for Season 8 Finale Production~ DEC 4, 2015

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“Poetic Soul Fusion” Is Finale for Eighth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 11, 2015) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the final show in the eighth season of its Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 8:15 p.m., featuring live music and a full bar. Advance tickets are $22.50 in advance and $24 at the door, available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting www.ticketcenterstage.com.

“The show will feature the keen, stimulating spoken word of performing artist Prentice Powell and the robust, spirit-lifting fusion of poetry and music by Barbara Fant,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “The season finale production will be a melting pot…

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The Signature Returns for Season 8 Finale Production~ DEC 4, 2015

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“Poetic Soul Fusion” Is Finale for Eighth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 11, 2015) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the final show in the eighth season of its Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 8:15 p.m., featuring live music and a full bar. Advance tickets are $22.50 in advance and $24 at the door, available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting www.ticketcenterstage.com.

“The show will feature the keen, stimulating spoken word of performing artist Prentice Powell and the robust, spirit-lifting fusion of poetry and music by Barbara Fant,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “The season finale production will be a melting pot of melodic vibes and authentic artistry mixed with synergetic Signature flavor.”

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Spoken word artist Prentice Powell has made 10 appearances on Lexus Verses and Flow and three on the Arsenio Hall Show. He was a 2013 NAACP Image Award nominee, a two-time Grand Slam champion and a National Slam finalist. Along with his poetry collective Fivelology, Powell performed on Jill Scott’s 2013 summer tour.

Ohio native Barbara Fant is a minister, poet and artist-facilitator. She has been on three National Poetry Slam teams from Columbus, Ohio, and has represented the city in four individual National and World Poetry Slam competitions. Her first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out, was released in April 2010, when she was awarded the Cora Craig Award for Young Women Authors. Her commissioned poem “Today, Beginning Again,” written for Columbus’ bicentennial year, can be found in Revealed: Columbus, The Story of Us. She works at The Columbus Foundation.

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The show also will include spotlight performances from soul singer T.Wong and drummer Cedric Easton, along with a variety of local comics, singers and visual art by Ahmad Ivy. Native Sun will provide live neo-soul, jazzy funk, and R&B music.

The musical style of Columbus, Ohio, born T.Wong combines his gospel upbringing and his classical training. He began singing at age 5. In 2014, after receiving his license to practice law and practicing in Columbus, returned to music. He released his first album, Journey, in May 2015.

Cedric Easton is also a Columbus, Ohio-based artist who began his musical pursuits as a child, playing drums at age 4. He entered his first regional music competition at age 8 and took home first place, and began traveling internationally as a professional musician at age 18. Today, Easton is lead facilitator with the Lincoln Theatre/YMCA art camp, tours with national recording artist Christian Howes, serves as the fine arts director of New Covenant Believer’s Church and is a faculty member of the Jazz Academy in Columbus.

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by 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. More information and details are available online at www.tripplecroxxent.org, Home of Urban Creative Arts.

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RE: Interview w/ Furaha Henry-Jones ~The Mathematics of Writing

The Sixlines Writers Retreat is this coming weekend. As a member of Sixlines and featured faculty we were excited to learn more about her as a writer and a lover of words.
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 What did you do over the summer?
    A: I’ve been a teacher for 22 years. First, I taught high school English and for the last decade I’ve been teaching composition, literature, and creative writing at Sinclair Community College.

What was your childhood like (background)?
    A: I moved around a lot. In fact, about every 2-3 years. I’ve lived outside of Chicago, Rochester, NY, and Philadelphia, but I’ve always considered St. Paul, Minnesota my home. I was born there and every summer I’d go back to stay with my grandmother for a month or so. My best memories are in Minnesota. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents lived there when I was growing up and it is the only physical place that felt like home until now.

What is your favorite movie?
    A: That is a horribly difficult question! Let’s just say I really like watching documentaries. Like is so much stranger than fiction sometimes and documentaries so often support that.

Who are your greatest influences?
    A: This may sound cliche, but my mama and daddy are definitely the most influential people in my life.

Name 2 people that you would love to collaborate with?
    A: Living? Isabel Allende. Though I would have to brush up on my spanish. Ancestor? Harriet Tubman. I’d love to just listen to her and transcribe the words to poetry.
What do you do to recharge?
    A: Simple. I shut everything down and hang out at home. Spending that time reading, writing, or, honestly, just being still helps.

7. What is the last book you read?
    A: I’m currently reading the book Wash by Margaret Wrinkle.
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MIDWEST POETRY COMPETITION, Enter Today! To become the 2015 LAST POET STANDING & GRAND PRIZE WINNER

AUGUST 7, 2015, SIGN-UP TODAY!

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OFP Productions & The Human Race Theatre Company Presents….

“LAST POET STANDING II”

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015

MANDATORY Performers Requirements:

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

Entry Fee:  $60.00 (Non- Refundable)

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

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Mail to:

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Dayton, Ohio 45402

ATTN: Tripple Croxx Ent-Last Poet Standing

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

Amenities Included:

All Access on event day

Green room (Food and Drinks)

Pre-event workshop available (August 7, 2015)

Video Footage in HD

Event Photography

Live Music

Guest Emcee  

National Spoken Word Artist and Poet TASHA JONES

General Details Description:

The Last Poet Standing “Orthodox Poetry Competition” is being produced and presented by OFP Productions and The Human Race Theater Company. The competition is open to all Poets and Spoken Word artist will be held at The Loft Theatre in Downtown, Dayton, Ohio. A limited number of performers will take the stage to compete in a three rounds. The performers who make it to the final will have the option to use a PROP. Yes, a prop! Your prop can be person, instrument, object, etc. Enter today to become the Last Poet Standing and take home a cash prize of  ONE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS!

Questions: please send all questions to ofpproductionsusa@gmail.com or call 937-241-495

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Description of Quarterly Production

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is a live production that has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, vibrant, ground breaking, funny, engaging, sexy, racy, diverse, and very spontaneous. The production features all forms of performance arts.

Upcoming Shows:  August 7, 2015 and December 4, 2015

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

The Last Poet Standing Poetry Competition Returns for Season 8! Cash Prize Increase! Live DJ! August 7, 2015 @ 8pm

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Oral Funk Poetry Productions & The Human Race Theatre Company

Presents….  “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show” Season 8

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015  Time: 8:00pm -11:00pm  Tickets: $20

 Ticket Link: https://my.ticketcenterstage.com/single/EventListing.aspx?k=86

Description

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is a live production that has earned a reputation across the Midwest for being edgy, thought provoking, vibrant, ground breaking, funny, engaging, sexy, racy, diverse, and very spontaneous. The production features all forms of performance arts.

The Last Poet Standing Poetry Competition is the third production of the 2015 season. This Unorthodox 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 will be hosted by TASHA JONES, Indianapolis youngest Poet Laureate nominee in state history. She opened for Lauryn Hill’s Moving Target Tour and performed for Erykah Badu. Her writing infuses everyday life experiences with Scripture to create works that heal and empower.

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The show will include a melting pot of melodic musical vibes and authentic artistry mixed with synergetic Signature flavor! Music for the third production of the season will be brought to you by Columbus native DJ KRATE DIGGA. Come out and enjoy the 8th Season Summer Show of Signature: A Poetic Medley Show and watch the best poets in the region battle to be the Last Poet Standing. The Signature Lounge and Full Bar opens at 7:30pm

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

Twitter Hashtag:  #LPSdayton #LPSoralfunkpoetry #LPSohio

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8 Questions, Artistic Inspiration, and Tips from the 2014 Last Poet Standing Winner

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In preparation for the August 7, 2015 Last Poet Stand Competition II, OFP Productions had a chance to catch up with Shanessa Sweeney, the 2014 Winner of Last Poet Standing!

Q: What kind of work do you currently enjoy?

A: I have most recently found myself getting back to my love of live theatre and performing in it. I teach it, and teaching it has sparked the fire again as I have been on a professional hiatus from the theatre world. Being around children that are passionate about learning it as well as performing it, has energized me and so currently, I am pursuing my acting full out again.

    Q:  Briefly, tell me what led you to this point?
    A: I believe theatre is therapeutic for many people and I am no exception. For me, the whole world of it, the creative side, the production side, the rehearsals, the technical aspects… all of it is so…. relative to my spirit…being around young people is relative to my spirit… In the attempts to reinvent myself and heal from personal or professional setbacks and/or pains, I’ve found myself yearning for the energy of what theatre brings. It is what I am…and I’m getting back to me.

    Q: What are you currently working on?
    A: I just finished performing at the Kenyon Playwrights Conference in Gambier, OH at Kenyon College. I did the first stage reading of La Jolla Playhouse’s commissioned playwright, Obie Award winner, Kirstin Greenidge’s play To The Quick. directed by Christian Parker who is the Director of Columbia University’s Playwriting Program, so that’s my theatre muscle getting exercised. As far as my writing muscle is concerned I am working on a couple of things, one of them being my first CD and audio book of my lyrical spoken word and another project being my one-woman show that I have been developing over a decade now.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?
    A: I wish I could say it was something spectacular, like; I wake up and have 2 hours of meditation and  yoga, drink rosemary tea then float out into the world in perfect peace and balance everyday… but the truth is, the only thing spectacular is that I wake and see my kids and I love to see them in the morning…they wake with smiles and hugs…. then they drive me crazy until they return to sleep at night’s end… I love to see them sleep. {giggle}…. Typical day, I awaken, say “Thank you” to the Creator, Ancestors, Deities and Angels and crawl out of bed… prepare to work…work….feed the kids… I try my best to have laughter in me throughout the day… at least once…nice genuine laughter… I think a lot… and I pray constantly….even when I don’t think I’m praying, I’m praying…

    Q:  Who are your mentors in your life?
    A: I don’t know if I have any mentors in my life right now. I mean, I’ve certainly had some great ones, but as it stands, right now, in this space of my life, I don’t have anyone that I would consider a mentor… I need one. I’ve most certainly had some though, my mother at one point, when I was a child, my college director at one point,  a couple of bosses I’ve had…they’ve all played major roles in my development… there are some celebrities who I’ve chosen to be my mentors even though they don’t know it {smile}.

    Q: Name 2 people that you would love to collaborate with?
    A: Wow… tough question. I would have to say the queen Erykah Badu. I truly feel like we’re kindred spirits and I can learn so much from her but also I feel that I would be pushed to my heights in creativity. The same with CeeLo Green…there are so many artists I would love to collab with (Janelle Monae & David Banner being my others), but DEFINITELY Erykah and CeeLo are dreams of mine. In a perfect world, I would be touring with them with my babies by my side.

    Q: What do you do to recharge?
    A: I rest. I eat live foods, drink plenty of water, curse, kiss and hug those I love (especially babies), laugh, give thanks and rest.

   Q: What did it take to become the Last Poet Standing?
    A: Precision. Skill-set. I set rehearsal times for myself. I took the opportunities to look and walk in the space. I centered myself and focused. I made myself at home on the stage. It was important to represent my gift well. When I write or perform my poetry, I must represent it to the best of my ability, because though it comes out of me, often times it is not for me… it is for the people. I am the representative of my ancestors so I must represent the gift well and The Last Poet Standing was the platform for that. I knew that going in and I knew coming out whether the title of the “Last Poet Standing” was mine or not, I was victorious. So I went in a champion from the start.

Youtube Link of Shanessa’s winning performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4C-2XDSgXg

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August 7, 2015,

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Enter to become the Last Poet Standing or Purchase tix today! 

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The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Returns, Tomorrow! July 10, 2015

Dayton Daily Article:

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/entertainment/signature-poets-from-analytical-to-erotica/nmpfb/

For More Information:

Sierra Leone, 937-241-4957

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Peabody and Tony Award Winning HBO DEF POET ABYSS Headlines The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, Poetic Revival

Dayton, Ohio (July 02, 2015) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host its Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 10. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 8 p.m., featuring music and a full bar.

Advance tickets are $23 and available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting http://humanracetheatre.org/index.php. Season tickets for the final three shows also are available. Upcoming shows include the 2015 installment of Last Poet Standing on Aug. 7, and Poetic Soul Fusion on Dec. 4.

HBO DEF POET Abyss —   Peabody Award Winner, Tony Award Winner and 2013 Creative Loafing’s Spoken Word Artist of the Year.  He will bring his magical witty blend of song and storytelling fused with the raw truth to the Signature Stage. In addition Abyss is also starring in the award winning documentary “Divided Time”.

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The show also will include performances by HBO DEF POET GOLDIE, National poet and writer Romeo D’Nati and The Vibe 5 Band will provide musical entertainment.

HBO DEF POET Goldie, has been a spoken word artist for more than 15 years and has performed throughout the United States . His comical straight edged approach to spoken word is second to none.

Romeo D’Nati, The Prince of Poetic Pleasures, Romeo D’Nati captures your soul while intertwining your heart within his thoughts. His writings are based and grounded in Love and Spirituality.  Mr. D’Nati has erupted to become a published author and an award winning poet and spoken word artist whose heavily sought after.

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The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by the Human Race Theatre Company. 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.

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Last Poet Standing Returns, August 7, 2015, The Loft Theatre

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*Tomorrow Night enter to win:  Win 2 tickets to see Avery Sunshine at De’Lish Cafe, September 5, 2015, One Night /One Show Only!

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The Signature Returns for Season 8, May 8th! Attendees Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to see Iyanla Vanzant! June 16, 2015

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Headlines Kick Off of Eighth Season of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show

Dayton, Ohio (April 24, 2015) – Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the first show in the eighth season of its Off-Broadway Theatrical Revue The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 8. The Signature Lounge opens in the lobby at 8 p.m., featuring live music and a full bar.

Advance tickets are $23 and available by calling 937-228-3630 or visiting https://my.ticketcenterstage.com/single/EventListing.aspx?k=86 Season tickets for all four shows also are available at https://my.ticketcenterstage.com/subscription/packageDetail.aspx?pkg=1543&flex=N&nfs=N upcoming shows include Poetic Revival on July 10, the 2015 installment of Last Poet Standing on Aug. 7, and Poetic Soul Fusion on Dec. 4.

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“The Signature season eight opening show will be a great event to kick off Mother’s Day weekend,” said Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry Productions. “Audience members are in for a real treat at this one-night-only experience. Malcom-Jamal Warner will give an eclectic medley performance inclusive of his entire life’s journey. He will be joined by other great storytellers, performers and musicians.”

Malcom-Jamal Warner — Grammy Award-winning actor, director, musician and performing artist — will headline the season opener. Best-known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on Malcom & Eddie, Warner has appeared on numerous TV series, including Sons of Anarchy, Dexter and American Horror Story. In 2011, he produced, directed and starred in the BET original series Reed Between the Lines. Warner also has appeared in numerous films, and his short film MUTED won the HBO Short Film Competition at the American Black Film Festival in June 2014. Warner has to his credit two hit albums, The Miles Long Mixtape and Love & Other Social Issues, and he is a host and performer at the National Black Theatre Festival and has performed in several Off-Broadway plays.

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The show also will include spotlight performances by Anita “Amala” Jones, Tye and A. Slate. The Back Talk Blues Band will provide musical entertainment.

Anita “Amala” Jones, formerly known as Pure, has been a spoken word artist for more than 15 years and has performed throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. She also founded Inner Seeds of Pure, a business geared toward producing and developing inspiration and creativity within herself and others. She holds two master’s degrees and serves on community boards to provide small businesses with project management assistance.

Tye, a New Jersey native, is a multi-instrumentalist with a background in acting. He is one of the top songwriters in Columbus, Ohio, and his music explores numerous genres. A. Slate is the mother of four sons and, for 18 years, was a nurse’s assistant. She is now a Dayton-area writer, poet and spoken word artist. She has been featured at The Spoken Word Stage Play Coochie Chronicles and at previous The Signature shows, where she competed in the spoken word competition Last Poet Standing.

The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show is co-sponsored by the Human Race Theatre Company. 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.

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On Friday, May 8, 2015 @ The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show Season Opener,  One Attendee will win two tickets to see Iyanla Vanzant, June 16, 2015 at the Schuster Center! 

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Click Here: https://www.victoriatheatre.com/shows/iyanla-vanzant/