An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers

When: Thu., June 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 19, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 20, 3 & 8 p.m. 2015

In order to write her new production, An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers, Delina Patrice Brooks interviewed eight African-American women about their relationships with their dads. Using those narratives, along with her own, Brooks put together a performance that addresses experiences with addiction, sexual violence, and incarceration, alongside notions of forgiveness and unconditional love. Brooks, the director of Oakland-based DelinaDream Productions, calls the performance a “choreopoem” because it combines elements of text, poetry, song, and dance. At some points, the five female performers provide metaphors in movement as powerful poetry is read, while at other times the stage is taken over by song and dance accompanied by live musicians. Although the work brings up painful memories, it doesn’t fall into sad victimization. Rather, the performance focuses on the victories that allow its characters to remain resilient despite difficult circumstances. An Open Love Letter will be performed at the Flight Deck (1540 Broadway, Oakland) on June 18, 19 and 20.

Sarah Burke

Price: $15-$30

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