“Sweet Sweetback’s Baddass Song: A Hood Opera” Open Rehearsals at BRICstudio

Two Nights! Feb 3 & 4

Melvin Van Peebles
& Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
in residence at BRICstudio

8:00 PM Work-In-Progress (rehearsal) View­ing
9:45 PM Dis­cus­sion w/ Melvin Van Pee­bles
10:00 PM Book Sign­ing & Mer­chan­dise Sales

Doors Open @ 7:45 PM
Tick­ets Details Com­ing Soon!

Join us for an unfor­get­table evening with leg­endary artist and direc­tor Melvin Van Pee­bles as he directs Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Cham­ber and a large cast of actors and singers in a musi­cal stage adap­ta­tion of his ground­break­ing 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song. Expe­ri­ence a work-in-progress pre­view of the piece, ahead of its inter­na­tional pre­miere at the 2010 Sons d’hiver Fes­ti­val in Paris, fol­lowed by a post-performance dis­cus­sion with the artists.

Don’t miss this unique oppor­tu­nity to wit­ness the inti­mate process of artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion and cre­ative fusion that will bring to the stage one of the most influ­en­tial movies of the African-American cinema!

Melvin Van Pee­bles financed, wrote, directed, scored, and starred in the orig­i­nal film ver­sion of Sweet Sweet­back, paving the way for the suc­cess of future inde­pen­dent black films to fol­low. It tells the story of a deprived African-American man on his flight from white author­ity in satir­i­cal, real­is­tic and often humor­ous detail.