BROWARD – Daniel Beaty’s solo act tells the story of the emotion felt when a slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The performance features his interpretation of what 40 different characters experience as they witness this surreal occurrence.
Beaty inhabits each character exclusively and gives a tour-de-force performance of slam poetry, multi-character transformation and music. See Beaty at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 at Broward College South Campus’ Performing and Cultural Arts Theatre, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.
Beaty portrays a homeless man, a scientist, a republican business executive, a street vendor, and an 11-year-old boy from the projects who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. The performance is 80 minutes and can be performed with two armless chairs and basic house lighting.
Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergence-See! ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public
Theater in the fall of 2006. In the spring of 2008, Emergence-See!, now re-titled Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor. Beaty has worked throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa performing on programs with artists such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, and Phylicia Rashad. He holds a BA with Honors in English & Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre.