Just in time for Black History Month, comes the premiere of creative producer Lamar Harris’ ground-breaking original theatrical production, “Superheroes of Blackness” at Zack on Friday February 23, 2018 at 7:30pm with an encore presentation on Saturday February 24, 2018 at 6:30pm.
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Written by playwright Lois Hicks with musical compositions by contributors Jason “Dirtylynt” Moore, Paige Alyssa, Alphonso Harried and Harris, “Superheroes of Blackness” ‘main character “LJay” will explore the implications of our world’s future in the year 2609 by examining the problems we face at present in 2018. “LJay”, an artificial intelligence being from the future, embarks on a quest to her past and our present to save the St. Louis urban community by assembling a task force of “superheroes” to tackle the issues that threaten the resilience and ultimate survival of St. Louis.
The vision of cartoonist/animator David Gordon and voiced by Jacqueline Thompson, 16 African-American comic book “Superheroes” and “LJay” will take the audience on a live computer-animated journey of epic proportions to face and overcome societal threats ranging from homicide, homelessness, to black empowerment. Producer Harris proudly proclaims “this is the first time in St. Louis that you have a lead character in a theater production that is animated. Combine that with the live band soundtrack with the amazing visuals and it becomes a unique experience.”
A technological and musical spectacle, “Superheroes of Blackness” will transport the audience members through the sounds of Lamar Harris and an eight-piece live ensemble, the visionary digital set designs of Geordy Van Es. L Jay and costume designs of Nyla Coleman, all combined to bring this story of hope and inspiration to all.
“Superheroes of Blackness” will tap into the superhero and superpowers within us all while promoting a provocative dialogue about the greatness our city has within itself. In a time when our community’s survival and our society’s next evolutionary steps leave more questions than answers, this is not an experience to be missed. Make plans to attend and be a part of the conversation and the solution.