Sun Ra

April Matthis at Joe's Pub, 2014. Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. Photo by Groana Melendez.

April Matthis at Joe's Pub, 2014. Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite. Photo by Groana Melendez.

A theatrical response to avant-garde jazz composer Sun Ra’s biography and body of work. Inspired by John Szwed's biography of Sun Ra, Space Is The Place.

Sylvan adapted the play for two concert performances at Joe's Pub in 2014 directed by Charlotte Brathwaite that incorporated a live 11-piece jazz band playing Sun Ra's music - the towering crew of the Burn Sugar Arkestra.

Sun Ra is the first play in his Mysteries trilogy including Profanity and Nightlands – three plays about queer spiritualities in the middle of the twentieth century.

Written in the 2008-2009 Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab,
reading directed by Rafael Gallegos.
Winner of the Whitfield Cook prize from New Dramatists.
Workshopped at LaMaMa E.T.C., December 2012, 
directed by Charlotte Brathwaite.
Recipient of Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant.
Presented as the SUN RA VISITATION SERIES at Joe's Pub 11/14/13 and 1/9/2014
in collaboration with director Charlotte Brathwaite and the Burnt Sugar Arkestra.



I have to get
a piano
and hit some notes
on there
that aren't
on there.

 

"The Landing" with text by Sylvan Oswald from his play SUN RA and direction by Charlotte Brathwaite. Featuring Will Davis, Hubert Point-du Jour, Ayesha Ngaujah, and the Burnt Sugar Arkestra led by Greg Tate. Atlantis Echotron (flickering object) by Abigail DeVille, costumes by Machine Dazzle, lights by Alan Edwards. Video by Lorenzo Anderson.