Original Works (in the works)

'In Dahomey' (musical)

With director and collaborator Monty Cole, I am rewriting the book to the original vaudeville musical, by the same name. The first show written completely by, and performed by, African-Americans to appear on Broadway.

In 1903 Boston, 2 downtrodden dreamers get roped into the plot of an African-American Colonization Society embarking on a journey to a small African country where the society hopes to live freely and reign as royals.

'#thirtyfine' (webseries/sitcom)

Jackson, a gay black man living in the city, is having one of the most identifying years of his life. But everything's fine. It all begins with an epic 35th birthday. We follow Jackson, and his fabulous group of friends, as they navigate life, love (or lack there-of) and career.

 

'MOVEd' (film)

A journey through music and words, using original dance and poetry. Set against a city landscape, this film explores movement in uncommon places and spaces. Watch as storytelling and physical expression intertwine. 

'SPLITTING ADAMS' (TV series)

What happens when the double life you're leading catches up with you? And the two worlds collide? Well, Adam is about to find out. Will he survive?

 

'OH BROTHER, MY BRUTHA' (one-man show)

Comprised of monologues from myself and various published works. The show is a display and deconstruction of the many stereotypes and archetypes of black men in America. All stereotypes are based in a bit of truth. The key is to recognize and address it's origin, and not allow it to become an exaggeration.

'the HAIRY APE: musical' (musical)

A hip-hop musical adaptaion of 'The Hairy Ape', a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. Yank, a city laborer, has worked hard all his life in the pursuit of happiness as a black man in America. After a belittling encounter, he searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the privileged. Original music and lyrics (written in collaboration with Michael Turrentine).

'IMPORTED FROM DETROIT' (book)

Growing up in Detroit, I was always told my options were limited. And there were many examples displaying that. But from an early age, I thought, screw that. Don't tell ME what my options are. As a result, I've traveled the world performing, educating, and LIVING. This is a true, gritty, retelling of my story thus far. My memoirs. 

 

'STOP REQUESTED' (musical)

We are told that first impressions are everything...but then we are also told never judge a book by it's cover. Is it one or the other? Is it both? Take a look at this group of people and how their lives intertwine. Bus 83 may not be the only thing they have in common. The moral of the story?...you never know the life that someone is leading. A contemporary musical underscored by a mixture of jazz and hiphop.

 

*If you are interested in assisting, co-creating, producing, or hosting any of these creations, feel free to contact me.*

*BLACK LIVES MATTER*

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