|Photo Credit- Joanna Austin|
But in deft hands of director Jaylene Clark Owens, who also wrote and performs in this multilayered performance piece, along with co-creators Hollis Heath and Janelle Heatley, Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale delivers what art should; brazen commentary laced with lots of hope. This trifecta of masterful actresses takes the audience on a journey through time and a changing Harlem, which could easily be so many Philadelphia neighborhoods. And on this adventure through dance battles, song, old school hand games and rhymes and powerful spoken word, the central characters asks of themselves and of us- how do we, as longstanding communities, in transition, against great economic pressures, preserve what we have known and love. Difficult questions are raised and explored with joy and fierce honesty.
“F. Otto Haas Barrymore Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.
Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale, reaching hundreds of students at Philadelphia public high schools. Many of these students will go on to create their own original works in response to the show through Wilmagination, the Wilma’s school residency program.
RENAISSANCE IN THE BELLY OF A KILLER WHALE
Extended by popular demand!
February 26-March 7, 2020
265 S. Broad Street (Broad &Spruce Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Box Office: 215-546-7824
*Chyann Sapp is also a co-creator of this project.