Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, will present the benefit Creative Provocateurs, Vol. 1 Friday and Saturday, August 21st and 22nd, featuring three new original works by award-winning writers Antwone Fisher, Tina Andrews and J.M. Morris.
Performances will begin at 8:30 p.m. both days at Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. The performance August 21st will include “Charlotte Sophia” and “Uh-Uh!: Part 1.” The August 22nd event includes “Finding Fish” and “Uh-Uh!: Part 2.”
Fisher’s “Finding Fish” is based on the same-titled, New York Times best-selling book he wrote about growing up in foster care. Fisher’s life was initially explored in Antwone Fisher, the film starring Denzel Washington that also garnered Fisher several writing awards (including the prestigious Humanitas Award). In this one act two-hander, Fisher explores the story from a new perspective, one more real and raw than the film version, a Highways spokesman said.
Andrews’ one act “Charlotte Sophia,” is a cutting-edge take on race, exploring the African descent of England’s Queen Charlotte. The recipient of several awards for her work, Andrews continues her penchant for provocative projects with a contemporary staging, along the lines of the Tony-nominated Mary Stuart and Julie Taymor’s Titus, the Highways spokesman said.
“Uh-Uh!: Parts 1 and 2” features Morris’ signature satiric to dramatic writing with provocative characters of diverse backgrounds, but linked by the universal phrase, “uh-uh,” and all its cultural variances. Her pieces range from a dramatic piece about an Iranian who decides to join the current political protests in a unique manner to a satiric “expose” about who really was behind Robert Downey, Jr.’s portrayal of an African American in “Tropic Thunder.” As with Morris’ previous works at Highways, “Uh-Uh!” is directed by independent filmmaker Charles Burnett.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors. There are advance group sales available for each night for groups of ten or more at $15 per person.
To purchase tickets online, www.highwaysperformance.org/. For information or to reserve, (310) 315-1459.