The Just and the Blind
April 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm| $45
Woman in the Woods Productions’ Presents…
“The Just and The Blind”
Doors open at 5pm for Balinese appetizers and the great sounds of the Steve Alboucq and Oliver Groenewald Quintet in the Madrona Room
Performance begins at 7pm on Center Stage.
THE JUST AND THE BLIND
Conceived, written and performed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Original musical score performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Directed by Michael John Garcés
With movement by Drew Dollaz and vocal performance by Gail Pettis
Poignant and pressing, The Just and The Blind illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. Spoken word artist and arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph (BAMUTHI) joins forces with long-time collaborator composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) to explore themes of racial profiling, sentencing and the prison-industrial complex from the perspective of fathers of Black and Brown children. Centered on the humanity of the historically marginalized, The Just and The Blind provides a framework for the unique voices of the community, striving to humanize the Black and Brown children who are enmeshed in it. The Just and the Blind also includes a short film series and a storytelling curriculum designed for youth and families impacted by incarceration.
The Just and The Blind was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and produced by Rika Iino and Melissa Higgins of Sozo Artists, Inc., in partnership with the Sozo Impact, with support from Ford Foundation. Special thanks to Miami Light Project.
It was the raw, cry from the soul new work, ‘The Just and the Blind,’ that has stayed with me. The work is driven by Mr. Joseph’s stinging, brilliant words and is structured as a series of vignettes.
–The New York Times
…an experience brimming with vitality… powerful… -The Boston Globe
A Display of Art as Resistance… “The Just and the Blind,” too, unapologetically showcases love despite its themes of extreme marginalization. -The Harvard Crimson
Raise a fist up for our youth, or throw your hands up, like an innocent alleluia, like a boy in Ferguson gone too soon… -Marc Bamuthi Joseph