Bring the Beat Back
Arts Bank Theater
February 26 at 8pm, February 28 at 8pm, March 2 at 8pm
Derek Lee McPhatter - Book Writer / Lyricist Germono Toussaint - Composer / Arranger Director: Christopher Burris Music Director: Dionne McClain-Freeney Choreographer: Shanel Edwards
BRING THE BEAT BACK is a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theatre experience. The show follows a young man struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. Our hero journeys towards self- acceptance and affirming spirituality as conservative religious authorities and a queer subculture clash over music at the center of his world. Set in a futuristic, groove-centered alternative reality, Bring the Beat Back is inspired by urban gay “ball culture,” the evolution of house music and the rich Afro-futurist tradition in popular culture.