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“American Jornalero” Incarnates Workers’ Woes, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“American Jornalero” Incarnates Workers’ Woes, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Cardona, Collins Expose Exploitation on the Street by Robert M. Gardner In “American Jornalero,” director Tioni Collins takes a harsh and revealing look at the lives of four day- laborers who gather on a bleak street to look for work.  Only a cell phone and a graffiti-covered pay phone connect them to the world.  The four workers anxiously await calls—for a job, or even a lead. Ed Cardona Jr.’s “American Jornalero,” which premiered in New York in 2012, becomes a…

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“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

“Dance of the Holy Ghosts” Takes Us to Church, at Ubuntu, Oakland

Marcus Gardley: Poet of Dysfunctional Love  by Robert M. Gardner Marcus (talented Michael Curry) recites poetry as he fumbles through puberty and on to adulthood, the mediator for his fractured family. Ubuntu Theater’s “Dance of the Holy Ghosts” by Marcus Gardley uses the talents of an all-Black cast to tell a powerful Oakland story in music and poetry. As we enter the Oakland Peace Center, Director Michael Socrates Moran’s impressive cast of versatile actors and gifted singers sweep us away…

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“The Jewelry Box” Brims with Gems & Laughs, at The Marsh, S.F.

“The Jewelry Box” Brims with Gems & Laughs, at The Marsh, S.F.

Brian Copeland: A Genuine Christmas Genius by Barry David Horwitz Everyone knows that Brian Copeland, famed for his “Not a Genuine Black Man” solo show that has toured the country and played for ten years in San Francisco, is our master story-teller. His gift to audiences during the holidays, “The Jewelry Box,” offers a treasure chest of wit, warmth, and wisdom, currently overflowing the black box stage at The Marsh on Valencia. Every word counts in Copeland’s masterful 70 minute…

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