One Man Show by MORRIS GEARRING, and Special Performances by; MAGGIE BROWN. Directed by CHUCK SMITH, ETA CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION; Friday, August 17th, & Saturday, August 18th @ 8:00pm, & Sunday, August 19th @ 3:00pm.
"The Great GOD Send Moment that changed my life was meeting Oscar Brown Jr. in August 1985! I studied with Oscar in his Hyde Park apartment in Fall '85 and Spring '86 hoping to be admitted to the Yale School of Drama. The hip audition we developed didn't work because it was misunderstood, which was often the case with Oscar and his work. He later said, "What the hell, I didn't get the degree to do this, just live it, dig life, and it will come. I returned home saddened, got a day job, and dreamed of this show; 30 years later it is finally here - Morris Gearring
Friday, August 17th, Saturday, August 18th, & Sunday, August 19th @ ETA Creative Arts Foundation; Chicago will witness the music, poetry, and social commentary of Oscar Brown Jr. through eyes of his friend and mentee, Morris Gearring. This spectacular one man show, "Something About Oscar" showcases the personal insights and stories of Morris as he performs a series of Oscar's most famous songs and musical backing by the respected Calvin "Koco" Brunson and his band. The production is directed by the highly respected Chuck Smith, an artistic director with the Goodman Theatre. Gearring will be joined on stage with Maggie Brown, daughter of the legendary singer, who will perform "Lyric," "Brown Baby," and "The Last Hurrah".
For those of you not familiar, Oscar Brown Jr. (1926-2005) was a Writer, Poet, and Commentator on Life and Civil Rights. His unique music is a blend of Soul, Jazz, and Musical Theatre that deals with the joy, anger, love, frustration, and humor of black life. In "Something About Oscar", Gearring bridges the divide between the past and the NOW...his repertoire includes the highly popular "Mr. Kicks", "Signifyin Monkey", "Hazel Hips", and "The Snake", just to name a few. Musical Director Calvin "Koco" Brunson worked with Oscar Brown Jr. and is also a Pianist and Musical Director for stage productions across the United States and Europe.
"SOMETHING ABOUT OSCAR" ------ETA CREATIVE FOUNDATION----7558 S. South Chicago Avenue---Chicago, IL-----
Performances; Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th @ 8:00pm & Sunday, August, 19th @ 3:00pm. Admission is $25.00 for the show.....
Group Pricing 10-40 people $20.00 per person...40 + people $15.00 per person.....For tickets please call 773-752-3955 or you can pay at the door.
For more information about this play and past performances, please visit www.somethingaboutoscar.com