BATCO
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

I, TOO, SING AMERICA

“I, TOO, SING AMERICA” HAS RETURNED


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Using a diverse cast of singers, actors, poets, and performers, "I, Too, Sing America" honors and weaves the perspectives and experiences of American artists of color with poetry, song, music and movement, featuring original compositions by Othello Jefferson. The performances of “I, Too, Sing America” are February 14th - 24th Thur/Fri/Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 2pm. With a company of thirty-one dancers and singers, “I, Too, Sing America” highlights poetic works by artists including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Beyonce, Frances Chung, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker and more. The performances are under the musical direction Othello Jefferson with choreographic direction by Christine Chung; and directed by Jamie Yuen-Shore.


Watch Our Video Teaser of Last Year’s SRO Production

Meet the Creators of “I, Too, Sing America”

Choreographer Christine Chung, Composer Othello Jefferson & Director Jamie Yuen-Shore

“In finding and curating the poems for this piece, we thought carefully about the topics and themes we wanted to feature, with the goal of embracing and championing representation in every part of the process and product. We wanted to find works that resonated with us, and especially moments or ideas we related to that we don’t often see on stage or hear in popular narratives. In considering the overall tone of the work, we recognized it would be inauthentic to create a piece about representation of people of color and ignore that the history and present condition of many people of color in this country includes marginalization and trauma. That being said, it would also be inauthentic to reduce the lives of black and brown people to only hardship, and not shine a light on the pride, ambition, romance, humor, grit, hubris, wonder, or ingenuity we seek to relate to and see mirrored in art. We therefore sought to present a broad and inclusive range of experiences and emotions authored by artists of color.” - Director/Producer Jamie Yuen-Shore

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