The Messiah Complex

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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

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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.

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