By John Moore
Set in the percussive world of break beat music, Colorado Springs playwright Idris Goodwin tells the story of a talented young woman who aims for stardom, so she tracks down her long-lost father, a one-hit wonder in the 1980s. This is the second of Goodwin’s planned trilogy of break-beat plays with an “ear-to-the streets” portrait of American pop culture.
Hip-hop turns 40 years old this year (Can you believe it?) and “Victory Jones” makes plain its cultural impact across several American generations. But it is, at its heart, a universal story of a daughter reconnecting with her estranged father.
Here’s our inside look at the making of this innovate new work that incorporates live and recorded looping technology to infuse the Colorado New Play Summit with a refreshing new form of theatrical storytelling. (The sound is by Craig Breitenbach.)
Featured in this video are Goodwin, Goldberg and actors Curtis McClarin, chandra thomas, Amy Luna, Brian Quijada, Jessica Austgen, Ben Morrow and Janet Noble.
Favorite line: “Don’t talk about it. Be about it.”
Video by John Moore.
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By John Moore
Sept. 30, 2013
"Just Like Us" author Helen Thorpe was honored Saturday, Sept. 28, at the first-ever Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation gala at the school.
Thorpe was given the Community Arts Leadership Award for her role in inspiring youth through the arts. The presenter was Susan Daggett, an environmental attorney, DSA mom and wife of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. (Their daughter made a video appearance in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of “The Giver” last season.)
"Just Like Us" won the Colorado Book Award and is being adapted for the stage by the Denver Center Theatre Company. It opens for previews Oct. 4.