Changing the face of American Theatre
Written by: Universes
(Steven Sapp, Gamal Chasten, Mildred Ruiz, Flaco Navaja & Lemon Andersen)
Directed & Developed by: Jo Bonney
(Performed by: Steven Sapp, Gamal Chasten, Mildred Ruiz & Ninja)
The boundary-smashing Slanguage, Universes’ tour-de-force full evening work, brings together the unique mix of language and culture that is life on the American streets. Built loosely around the structure of a subway ride from Brooklyn to the Bronx, Slanguage synthesizes traditional theater with poetry, storytelling, rap, gospel, jazz riffs, bluesy laments, Spanish boleros, and other poetic forms, to paint a rich portrait of the sights and sounds of New York City.
Through Slanguage, Universes integrates theatre and street humor with emotional truth, amplifying the issues of poverty, family, drugs, racism, and street violence, yet finding hope in the contemporary urban landscape.