My Brother’s a Keeper, a play by Dr. Herukhuti, will have two workshop production performances November 12 (3pm and 8pm shows) at The Bronx Academy for Arts and Dance, located at 2474 Westchester Ave in the Bronx, New York, as part of the 2016 Blaktinx Festival.
CECIL – David J. Cork
Training: New York University BFA. Off Broadway Theater: OutCry (The Jack Theater) True Bible Tales with Rob Askins (The Flea Theater) Crack Baby (Robert Moss Theater) Zoohouse (National Black Theater) Black and Blue (NYC Fringe 2016) TV: Gun Hill (BET) Blue Bloods (CBS) Younger (TV LAND) New Media: Bi: The Webseries (YouTube) which was written by David and produced by his production company, BiUS entertainment.
MONA – Santoya Fields
Originally from Saint Petersburg, FL., some of her theater credits include playing the title role in New Brooklyn Theater’s production of ‘Rachel’, Whistleblowers off-broadway play, ‘Echoes of Ebola’, and as Iphegenia in Everyday Inferno’s adaptation of the Greek classic ‘Iphegenia Among the Taurians’, as part of the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival. Santoya was featured in the interactive theater project by artist Allana Clarke called ‘Notes on Belonging to Boundaries.’
BASIL- Carleton King
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, this young talent started as a rapper, singer, songwriter but realized in high school that his heart lied elsewhere. Never losing his love for music, King decided to focus on acting. Now with music videos, numerous plays, and a film under his belt, his production company Tru Luv Entertainment is beginning to take shape. Its flagship web series “Why Not Just Tell The Truth” made its theatrical debut in Feb 2016. When not acting, you can catch Carleton hosting his new urban Christian talk show GiftedandUplifted.tv.
CHARLENE – Samantha-Rae McLean
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she recently moved to New York with the aspiration to pursue an acting career after receiving a scholarship to the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles at the World Championships of Performing Arts. She has just completed her first year at NYFA. She is a member of the Jamaica Youth Theatre and has been in various plays in Jamaica. Samantha-Rae would like to thank her parents for always supporting her dreams and the playwright and director of ‘My Brother’s a Keeper’ for the opportunity to be a part of this story.
KEVIN – Glenn Quentin
Glenn Quentin is an Artist. Some credits include “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “You Can’t Die Here” (The Millennial Group LLC), “Too Be Frank” (FR Dubb Productions),”Bi” (BiUS Entertainment),”CrackBaby” (The Griot Festival) and “Carrignton’s Rules” (Higher Vibrations Inc.),”A Walk Within” (Media Filmz) and “Shampagne” (Miami Webfest/ Hip Hop Film Festival Feature)
Directed by Herukhuti
Lambda Literary Foundation Playwriting Fellow
PFLAG Brenda Howard Memorial Awardee
Bisexual Book Awards Writer of the Year
Set art and design by Tenjin Ikeda
Photography by Marilyn Nance
My Brother’s a Keeper (#MyBaK) is a twenty-something coming of age story. Five Black activists and entrepreneurs struggle to reconcile their sociopolitical beliefs with their personal choices related to love, friendship and sexuality. Set in the 1990s—during the golden age of Hip Hop—in Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NY, MyBaK depicts a weekend in the lives of Kevin, Basil, Cecil, Mona and Charlene a group of friends who are living their dreams. Smart, successful, and socially conscious, these members of the Hip Hop Generation are enjoying the benefits of their hard work and ambition. Everything is going as expected until someone decides to confront questions about sexuality that drive their relationships to the breaking point. The play raises important questions about the nature of Blackness and puts bisexuality in African-American and Caribbean-American communities front and center for our consideration.
To purchase tickets ($15), go here.
[Change the month to November, go to the 12th, and click on the link to the performance of your choice, 3pm or 8pm.]
For more information, call 718.918.2110 or visit the Facebook event page.