Photo Credit: Jacob Floyd
Tonight was something special. We booked a room and set up 35 chairs for what we thought would be a gathering of our closest friends and a few faculty members, but we had to start late to accommodate those thinking that there was standing room only!
Along with his usual speech (generally presented in video format) Will Spargur (AKA Will Brooks, author of "You're Uninvited") added a Chicago-relevant intro, along with the reading of 2 other poems that I didn't set in Dried Tobacco. Ian's performance was the most articulate and passionate it's been so far, and even I had to hold back emotions.
We received tears, hugs and amazing feedback that we thought we wouldn't escalate from our initial performance at Mary's Attic, which only intensified in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Thank you to Roosevelt University and to our lovely, amazing peers for your constant support on this project.
In these troubling times, I would encourage all of you to continue creating and engaging with art. Continue patronizing art. Continue thinking about art. Continue protesting with art. Art that speaks to the human condition is more important than ever. In fact, I think it will be the main factor in whether or not things change.
But that's just me. Thanks, Pino Grigio...
ANYWAY, back to the usual spiel.
As we put DTP to bed for a few months, we look forward to our new, upcoming endeavors.
Brunch Project Productions has a few projects on its horizon. Ian is producing (and is the author of) Adult Fairy Tales, which gives a modern spin to classic opera pieces and puts them in a contemporary, narrative context. Musicians Who Brunch III will be taking place on Sunday, February 26th at the Red Lion Pub in Chicago, and our program of composers and performers is larger than ever! (Mark your calendar! $7/person for students, $10/person, for non-students, and $5/person if you bring a friend, regardless of your, um, student-ness.)
We can't wait to see you in a few short weeks for MWB III!
Oh--and stay posted for our first annual BPP fundraiser in May!
Until then, have a mimosa. Don't let anyone tell you that mixing your morning OJ with champagne is alcoholism, because you don't need that kind of negativity in your life. ;)
Lots of love and bubbly,