the house that crack built (1996)

the house that crack built (1996) HIDVL

Inspired by the children's book of the same title, this interdisciplinary collage of music, theatre, and dance provided a training ground for Djola Branner as a theatre maker. It also marked the first collaboration with Aaron Barnell, composer and musical director. The slide illustrations by Jan Thompson Dicks were used as set design. The deliberately irreverent tone of the house that crack built, created through the narrator's comedic comments and frequent fourth wall breaking by directly involving the audience's opinions on the performances, allows for the more serious content of each skit to be more digestible and humorous. The theatrical performance illustrates a sampling of the various ways that crack cocaine has affected the black community through vignettes into the lives of different black characters, with Djola Branner playing the poet and lead male figure in many of these segments.

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/73n5tftq

Additional Info

  • Title: the house that crack built
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: Recorded at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Language: English
  • Date: 6 July 1996
  • Location: Recorded at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Djola Branner, performer; Barbara Cohen, performer; Siadah Ekulona, performer; Baraka de Soleil, performer; Byrd Wilkins, performer; Aaron Barnell, performer; Greg Stern, musician; Jeremy Ylvisaker, musician.
  • Credits: Djola Branner, creator; Aaron Barnell, composer and musical director.