BRIC PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF NIA WITHERSPOON’S
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX
May 20, 21, 25 and 26 at 8pm Written by Nia Witherspoon
BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn) Directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
$15 in advance / $18 at the door Choreographed by Ni’Ja Whitson
BRICartsmedia.org; 866.811.4111 Dramaturgy by Cherríe Moraga
With Original Music by Justin Hicks
BRIC is pleased to present the world premiere of The Messiah Complex, a new play written by Nia Witherspoon.
Featuring a predominately Black, queer and trans cast and creative team, The Messiah Complex is a play about the legacy of the Panthers in the age of crack, where a scratch at a DJ booth incites a replay of the past, an action that interrogates generations of violence on black, queer bodies. This BRIClab Commission brings ritual into the theater, shifting from the secular to the sacred through rites already present in black life—the frenzy of a nightclub, the libations poured on street corners, and the sonic landscapes of hip hop. Ultimately, The Messiah Complex tells a story of recognition, revolution and forgiveness.