Any1Man is about self-examination. The show, while focusing on the journey of a set of Black men presents an opportunity for audiences to explore their own definitions of self and unmask their vulnerabilities
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 2, 2008
After 5 Before 9 Productions is proud to announce the New York run of the thought-provoking one man show, Any1Man, starring George A Peters, II. This provocative journey through the lives and minds of six different black men attempting to define their masculinity has left audiences riveted across the country. The show, which has sold-out theaters in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Dallas, will play Monday and Wednesdays throughout the month of June at the 13th Street Repertory Company at 7 p.m.
Any1man was written by George A. Peters, II and Brandon F. Johnson, alumni of Morehouse College and was first performed in Atlanta in 2005. The story is told through six different characters who, though they differ greatly, easily represent the various faces of any one man trying to assert his identity despite the myriad of challenges facing Black men today. Each tackles his own personal demon whether it be lust, irresponsibility, gender confines or fear of success. Willie, a womanizing aspiring musician is haunted by the abandonment of his dad. Wesley, a hopeful dancer and artist, feels forced to fit in to a gender construction of masculinity that doesn't include him. Bishop, a wise beggar, has lost his way on his road to success, and finds himself "missing." Together their voices mix to tell the story any one man's journey to find his masculinity, when he's not exactly clear what that means.
"Any1Man is about self-examination. The show, while focusing on the journey of a set of Black men presents an opportunity for audiences to explore their own definitions of self and unmask their vulnerabilities," says Peters
"Black Men face a unique set of challenges in America today," commented future Democratic nominee for president, Senator Barack Obama. "Any1man is engaging in difficult issues head on."
The show will play Monday and Wednesdays throughout the month of June at the 13th Street Repertory Theater beginning Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be sold for $15 and are available online at http://www.13thstreetrep.org.
For press coverage or additional media information please visit http://www.any1man.com or contact Leigh Davenport at leighadav @ gmail.com, or 773-837-1056.
13th Street Repertory Company was voted the Best Off-Off Broadway Company to act with in New York City. July 20-26, 2006 issue of Backstage: The Best of New York.
When new Off-Off-Broadway theatres with short life expectancies are born almost daily, the endurance of the 13th Street Repertory Company, founded by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara in 1972, is remarkable. One of its shows, Line, a modest one-act by Israel Horovitz about five people waiting -- you guessed it -- in a line, has been playing for an unprecedented 32 years and is the longest-running Off-Off-Broadway show in history.
But the fact that 13th Street Rep has produced or served as a home for countless shows is not the only reason the voters chose it. More than two generations of New York actors, playwrights, directors, and designers have cut their teeth at this homey venue, located in a Greenwich Village brownstone dating to 1840. There's a sense of tradition -- with actors handing down their skills from year to year, show to show.
An intimate black box with a raised stage, cushioned seats, and a museum-worthy gallery of production shots lining the walls, the space creates a feeling of communion between actor and audience. And because nearly all the plays that run at 13th Street Rep are new, actors have the chance to create a character from scratch, perhaps putting their stamp on something that won't -- like most of the city's companies -- be gone in a New York minute.
George A. Peters, II- (writer, performer) A native of Voorhees, New Jersey, George Peters got his start at an early age. An only child, George began singing, dancing and performing for his family to keep himself entertained. By the tender age four he appeared in his first national commercial. While a student at Morehouse College, his passion for acting blossomed scoring lead roles in several student theater productions including Bishop Greene, Coons and God Bless The Child.Peters made his first break into the film world in 2002 with a small role in hit blockbuster film "Drumline." His television credits include hosting The Black Family Channel's "Souled Out." George has studied at The Actor's Workshop, and is currently touring as Dave in Plays for Living's People Like Us.