So we did it! We produced our inaugural production, "Verbalized Ink". I believe all of us right now are filled with so much excitement and energy. It feels really good when you produce a work and you get a lot of good feed back. So what do we do now? Grow and maintain! The growth part sounds a whole lot easier than the maintenance part. We want to expand, become bigger, larger. However maintaing your standard of excellence is so much harder. When someone comes to you after a show and says, "That was excellent. It was unlike anything I have seen before. The language was beautiful and the acting was powerful," you know from those few statements what is expected of you the next time they come to see a show. What's even more scary is, not only what they expect but, what the people they recommended the show to expect as well.
Hmmm, I guess that leads me to think... what should you expect from a Rise and Walk theatrical production? It should definitely be something unique and groundbreaking. It should also be edgy without being vulgar. It should prick your consciousness about social and political issues. Last but not least it should present such powerful and excellent acting that the audience is absolutely overcome and remembers the characters for a lifetime. A very high standard to say the least but with God we know it can be attained and maintained!
I cannot complete this blog without giving all the praise to God. For it was he that gave the inspiration and the vision to playwright/actor/director, Andre N. Jones to create the wonderful work, "Verbalized Ink". Verbalized Ink has set the bar for this entire company. All praises also go to God for provision. He provided for every prop piece, every piece of paper the tickets were printed on, the wonderful family and friends that volunteered their time and services without being asked, the great supporters who decided the show was worth it, the fabulous technical director Eric Wesley and the amazing actors, Frantz T. Excellent, Roderick Slocum, Kim Brown and Tiffany Barrett.
For all of you dreamers, "Verbalized Ink" is a testimony that dreams do come true. Just take one step and the Lord will make up for the rest. I know because I've seen him work!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Stay tuned for more on Rise and Walk Theatre Company..."next bat time, next bat channel!"
Verbalized Ink- Philly Urban Theatre Festival
October 9th and 10th at 3pm
Mainstage at the Adrienne Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103