Rotimi Agbabiaka

(USA)

Type/Caste



Date: Friday June 2, 9:30 PM
Location: Chapel
Duration: 70 minutes, no intermission

Ticket Information


General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

Festival Pass


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Acknowledgements


Written and Performed: Rotimi Agbabiaka
Directed: Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
Sound Design: Jason Hannan
Lyrics for “That’s Some Bullshit”: Rotimi Agbabiaka
Music for “That’s Some Bullshit”: Brontez Purnell and Rotimi Agbabiaka
Video/Projection: Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe 

Artist Information

Website: www.rotimionline.com/type/caste

Work Sample:




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A queer, black actor dreams of a dazzling career on the stage but faces an industry that isn't always welcoming to applicants who are neither white nor straight. In his latest solo show, SF Mime Troupe veteran Rotimi Agbabiaka shape-shifts and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of American theatre. Type/Caste is a scathingly humorous journey into the peaks, pitfalls, and hallucinations of a young artist's quest for success in a gentrified and commercialized industry as he attempts to create outsider art in a profession that favors insiders. By investigating the prejudice that lingers in the arts, Type/Caste takes a very personal look at the politics of (mis-) representation in America.

ARTIST BIOS

Rotimi Agbabiaka (Writer and Performer) is an actor, writer, director and teaching artist. He most recently appeared in Schooled with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Sojourners and runboyrun at Magic Theatre, Hair with Bay Area Musicals, Holiday High Jinx with Word for Word, Choir Boy at Marin Theatre Company, The Amen Corner with Alter Theater, We Are Proud To Present...at Just Theater, and Raisin in The Sun at Cal Shakes. He is a collective member of the SF Mime Troupe, a former cast member at Beach Blanket Babylon, and his solo play, Homeless, won Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe Festival. Mr. Agbabiaka directed the world premiere of VS. at TheatreFirst. He studied at Moscow Art Theatre and earned his MFA from Northern Illinois University. 

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (Director) is the founding artistic director of Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience, a resident company at Brava. She has created several solo pieces including Traveling While Black, and the published Adventures of a Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion (Northwestern University Press). As a director, Cooper-Anifowoshe has worked nationally at Trinity Repertory Company, Capital Repertory, Southern Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Woolly Mammoth, Curious Theatre, and Arts Theatre, Ibadan, Nigeria. Bay Area directing credits include the West Coast premieres of Relativity at Magic Theatre, The Old Settler at TheaterWorks; Crying Holy at Theatre Rhinoceros, and Urban Zulu Mambo and Blue/Orange at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. With BACCE, Cooper-Anifowoshe directed West Coast premieres of Sweet Maladies by Zakiyyah Alexander (TBA Award for Best Ensemble) and In a Daughter’s Eyes by A. Zell Williams. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Iowa.

Brontez Purnell (Composer) is a dancer with Brontez Purnell Dance Company, writer of Maximum Rock N Roll, The Cruising Diaries, and Fag School Fanzine and a musician in the band, The Younger Lovers. He is a native Alabamian who currently resides in Oakland, CA. Johnny Would You Love Me If... is his debut novella.

Jason Hannan (Sound Design) is the artistic director of Tranimation Studios, an underground production company, specializing in nightlife and theater entertainment. Best known for creating Dragiscals™, a drag performance as a musical parody, with a fully lip-synching cast. 

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