Enjoy a drink while listening to these expert storytellers and slam poets. Simply Sherri is our host for the event. Each performance has an open mic section, so consider signing up when you arrive if you have a poem or short story to share.
Wednesday, August 4
Wednesday, August 11
Amin Drew Law
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Jamaal 'Black Root' Collier is a multidisciplinary performance artist and teaching artist who channels his art form through theatre, vocal percussion, emceeing (Rapping), singing, spoken word poetry and hosting events. His mission is always to communicate, entertain, enlighten, and grow with his audience
LP has performed at conferences around the world, including the Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico and the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. LP is a MassLEAP trained teaching artist, a TEDx speaker, a former Busboys and Poets host (Brookland), and a member of both Boston’s Lizard Lounge and Washington, DC’s Busboys and Poets Beltway semi finalist poetry slam teams (2014, 2017). LP has toured both individually and with former poetry collective Flatline Poetry.
In 2019, LP traded in a poetry career for a full time position in Fitness at Balance Gym. LP now teaches fitness classes both virtually and outdoors, runs Corporate Projects, and directs the Balance Lagree program for Balance Gym.
Twice a week, LP joins the publishing company Game Over Books team to pull poem quotes, brainstorm ideas, and project manage. LP is excited to be back in the world of poetry and writing and to be part of this team.
Regie Cabico's work appears in over 30 anthologies including The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003), Chorus & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1999), and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (Henry Holt and Company, 1994). He is the co-editor of Flicker & Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word (Lowbrow Press, 2013), nominated for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. He is the Youth Program Coordinator for Split this Rock Poetry Festival.
Carlynn Newhouse is a poet, educator, emcee, and performer. She is an Adobe Creativity Scholar attending Howard University, a National YoungArts Finalist, 3 time Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion, and ranked 4th in the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Button Poetry, The Seattle Globalist, the Kennedy Center, and more. Her deep love for poetry and arts education is only matched by her commitment to social justice, youth empowerment, as well as personal and collective healing. Carlynn believes poetry is a form of activism and tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Vijai is one of the leading Indian American female comedians making people laugh across America and internationally too. International comedy phenomenon Russell Peters calls her “One of the top two South Asian comics in the world to watch!” She has performed in South Africa, England and Canada, and was featured at the Montreal International Comedy Festival (Just for Laughs) and the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. Washington DC loves her too- she’s performed at the Smithsonian Museum, Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Library of Congress and won the award for Artistic Excellence from SpeakeasyDC.
Amin tMK (he/him) (fka Amin Drew Law) is an Arab-American interdisciplinary performance artist, writer and activist living in Washington, D.C. A highly decorated slam poet, Amin is a 2 two-time DC Grand Slam champion, Southern Fried slam champion and 4x member of Busboys & Poets prestigious Beltway Slam team. His spoken word has been seen on TV One's Verses and Flow, Button Poetry, Slam Find and All Def Poetry. His work surrounding social justice and environmentalism has led him to speak around the world and at dozens of universities including Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and the University of Maryland. His album Troublesome (available on all streaming platforms) has been praised for its melodic qualities, subtle lyrics as well as its poignant political statements. Amin also produces and co-hosts the popular Exit the Matrix podcast with accomplished writers and activists Amoja “Mo Man” Sumler and Kita Marshall (available on all podcast platforms).
Charity Blackwell is a spoken word artist, poet, emcee, motivational speaker, activist, and teacher who hails from South Carolina and now calls Washington, DC home. As a queer woman of color and daughter of a former NAACP president, Charity has always used her talents to uplift the LGBTQ and African American communities, as well as advocating for social justice, youth development, domestic violence awareness, and women’s rights. She’s performed on stages and media outlets near and far, including Lincoln Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Hirshhorn Museum, BBC News, Major League Soccer Network, TedxTysons, and more. Charity is a graduate of Trinity University in Washington, DC, where she earned a bachelor's and master's in communications.
A veteran of various forms of public speaking, Analysis is a spoken-word poet, rad minister and bookseller, educator and consultant, soccer addict and lover of justice and human rights! He’s featured and spotlighted at venues across New England and the Mid-Atlantic. A background in civil rights and economic justice, anti-apartheid and anti-racist organizing, secondary education, justice theory and ministry, and international travel manifests itself in his poetry—as does a love of radical history, family, and people in general. There’s also a naughty side that comes out now and then! A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he studied Public Communication at the American University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University, from which he graduated with highest honors. Analysis is the host of Red Emma's Mother Earth Poetry Vibe, a quarterly open mic and feature venue of the theme “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” that takes place at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore, and is a member of Simply Poetic Entertainment and of Restoration Village Arts. His book, Somewhere Through the Haze, is a short collection of poems on a variety of justice & human rights topics, and his album A Couple Thousand Years Later will be released in 2021.
Make it a picnic with Cava Mezze
Olney Theatre Center has partnered with Cava to bring contactless delivery to your theatre seat. Simply place your order 72 hours in advance of your performance date and your food will be delivered to the theatre. Orders must be received by noon on the day of your performance in order to be delivered on time. Visit Cava Mezze’s website to view their menu or place an order.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
We are excited to welcome you back to live, in-person performances. Please visit our Health and Safety page to learn more about the procedures OTC has in place to make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible.
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