The Golden Drum Year, September-October 2015


The Performance Project @ University Settlement Presents

The Golden Drum Year
a story in poetry and prose
Created Collaboratively by Radical Evolution and Simón Adinia Hanukai

September 26 - October 10, 2015

THE GOLDEN DRUM YEAR begins with Eugene. Everyone calls him Eu. Through poetry, prose, moving image and music, we witness Eu's world unfold and swirl around him while he grasps for meaning and purpose. An unlikely group of friends helps him find that purpose in the strangest of places.

Built from and inspired by a series of 365 poems written daily for a year, THE GOLDEN DRUM YEAR celebrates the collection of everyday moments that shape our lives.

By: Beto O'Byrne
Directed by: Simón Adinia Hanukai 

Text: Beto O'Byrne
Developed with: Meropi Peponides
Director: Simón Adinia Hanukai
Set and Costume Design: Dede M. Ayite
Projection Design: David Bengali
Original Music and Sound Design: Jonathan Camuzeaux
Lighting Design: Yuki Nakase
Choreography: Lisa Nevada
Props: Jess Adams

Meropi Peponides and Ying Le - Co-Producers
Sizo Kunene - Assistant Producer
Liz Nielsen - Production Manager/Technical Director
Taylor Wilkerson - Stage Manager

Andrew Belcher
Jonathan Camuzeaux
Fernando Gonzalez
Zuleyma Guevara*
Tia James*
Sonia Villani
Allan K. Washington*

*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Previous Artistic Collaborators:
Eric Avilés (performer)
Cynthia Bastidas (performer)
Catherine Blencowe (production assistant)
W. Tré Davis (performer)
Matt Dellapina (performer)
Adam Gibbs (composer)
Deadria Harrington (performer)
Harry Poster (Stage Manager)
Yadira de la Riva (performer)
Jonathan Raviv (performer)

The Golden Drum Year is a multi-disciplinary performance piece (text, video, music and dance) that provokes close examination of daily life in a large, chaotic urban city through the multivalent perspectives of its inhabitants who cross culture, class, age, citizenship status, jobs etc. Told through a unique blend of poetry, dialogue, and monologues, the story follows Eugene, a young man new to The City, as he navigates his first year living in New York and the people he encounters as he works at a supermarket.

In a larger sense, the show highlights how the accumulation of simple daily choices and routines shape a day, week, year – peoples lives and the life of their city. This play asks the question: what is the value of one year in a life? Our proposal is that the meaning is in the details - in the simple yet complex truth that the value of life is inherent in everyday living.

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