POUGHKEEPSIE — Daniel Beaty doesn't just play one character in the critically acclaimed play he wrote called Emergence-SEE! Instead, he plays forty.
It's a performance that the New York Daily News says "Will knock you off your feet! Mesmerizing!" The New York Times calls Emergence-SEE! "a dazzling 90 minutes." And, NYTheatre.com says the play is "The most important American play since Angels in America." The play, which explores what happens after a slave ship rises from the Hudson River, was sold out and extended at The Public Theater in New York City this fall.
[Left: Emergence-SEE! poster] Beaty will perform his solo play Emergence-See! at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. The event is open to the public and free tickets will be available starting Monday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Infodesk in the College Center. The 90-minute performance will be followed by a question and answer session with Beaty, moderated by assistant professor of English Kiese M. Laymon and former associate director of American contemporary theatre and visiting adjunct instructor of drama, Margo Whitcomb.
The play begins when madness erupts after a slave ship rises out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty and a colorful array of people rush to the scene including journalists, scholars, slave ship souvenir vendors, church groups, activists, and ordinary people. Then, a 30-year-old slam poet and his brother travel there - in search of their father, a university professor. Beaty expertly interweaves the experiences of these characters, and many more, as he explores reparations, ethnic identity, street vendors, and urban life at large.
ABOUT DANIEL BEATY
Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer who has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa in television, solo concerts, theatre and opera including performances at The White House, The Apollo, and The Kennedy Center. He was most recently seen on the third and fourth seasons of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," as a guest artist on NBC's "Showtime at the Apollo" with Ruben Studdard and on BET's "106 & Park."
[Left: Daniel Beaty] Daniel was the 2004 Grand Slam Champion at the world famous Nuyorican Poet's Café and the Fox Network's National Redemption Slam Champion. He is also the 2006 Recipient of the Acclaim, Ovation and Everyday Freedom Hero awards. He graduated with honors form Yale University with a B.A. in English and music and also holds an M.F.A. in acting from American Conservatory Theater (ACT).
The performance of Emergence-SEE! is sponsored The Dean of Faculty office as part of the Faculty Diversity Initiative, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, the Department of Drama, and the Experimental Theater of Vassar College. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861