GREY SUIT REVIEW
The Grey Suit Society; a modern opera
First premiering the the 2019 Greensboro Fringe Festival, “Challenge Accepted,” is a one-hour, family-friendly motivational musical stars its writer and director Carlos Heredia. The one-man show features a musician and actor who recounts his past successes and failures — including his transition to fatherhood and battle with depression and mental health — to evaluate where he is today. This toe-tapping family friendly musical is a motivational masterpiece that will talk to your soul, and leave you with a feeling that yes, it is possible. The show been performed as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC..
Based on the Canterbury Tales, an english teacher takes her students on an imaginary pilgrimage to Canterbury, where they each must tell a story along the way. The show deals with teen issues using humor and music to move the stories along.
This family friendly musical is the story of a college student (Samantha) home for the holidays, falls asleep the night before Christmas and wakes up in an imaginary place she frequently visited as a child. Once there she must fill in for a beloved clown named Captain Whammy who is departingClownsville. In temping for him, she rediscovers the importance of family & community.
Then Sean Met Khalid
All of our shows are family friendly, for kids and adults alike. Here is some info, pics and vids of each show!
Spare Some Change
Back to Canterbury
From the Davenport Theatre, The Andrew Freedman Home, The
Schomburg center to the Playroom theater, Then Sean Met Khalid has
a successful run. Our last performance was capped off with hip hop
legend and pioneer "Curtis Grand Master Caz Brown" cast in the show
as the late Dr. Khalid A. Muhammad.
This powerful show is a thought provoking and at times quite
hilarious musical that tackles racism in a refreshingly different manner.
It is a coming of age story follows the life of a Black boy, Sean White,
who is adopted as a baby by a middle-class white family. Life seems “normal” for Sean until he comes across an interview between Sean Hannity and the late Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad. The characters are startlingly relatable; the scenes are uncomfortably close to home and prompt immediate self-reflection. With the help of powerful songs, the show cleverly tackles white privilege in a very accessible way. With a brief talk-back following every show, it creates the perfect forum, and starting point for discussions on race.
“Then Sean Met Khalid,” premiered in the 2011 Boulder Fringe Festival. The piece was so well received that it earned a grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance and has been invited to perform at the University of Colorado’s 17th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit, the Boulder Public Library, 2012 Pedagogy of the Oppressed conference at Berkeley, CA, the Glendale YMCA, sold out NYC performances at the 47th St theatre and Shetler Studios. We had the privilege of having our performance televised on Channel 8 in Boulder, CO and most recently participants in the 2014 CCTC festival in Denver. Most recently we participated in the Greensboro Fringe Festival in NC. With talk-back following every show, it creates the perfect forum, and starting point for discussions on race. Then Sean Met Khalid was inspired by and references the following scholars: Dr Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Dr Amos N. Wilson, Dr Joy DeGruy, Sistah Souljah, & Eduardo-Bonilla Silva & Keith A. Neequaye.
"My goal was to create a show that could create a platform for the difficult conversations to begin. When we allow ourselves to have those conversations, it is as if we evolve into the next step on the evolutionary ladder. Assumptions become extinct, our senses develop, transforming us into super beings that can see past what we'd like to hear and see, instead show us what is." - Carlos Heredia
Senses Five Press
This is the story of an office drone named Thomas. Thomas falls asleep at his desk and wakes up in an imaginary Oz-like realm he invented as a child called, Clownsville . Once there, he must help an animated cast of clowns find a lost Clownsvillian named Tom Tom. Along the journey to find Tom Tom he rediscovers himself. Clownsville is a musical comedy for all ages about reconnecting with your inner child and following your dreams.
Challenge Accepted: a one man motivational musical
Dreaming of one day living in peace, they go about their day in faith that they will make it to the Temple of Karni Mata. Refusing to submit to the order of things, Nia attempts to go against society’s grain to bring to light the hypocrisy of humans.
She fights hard in hopes of moving out of the shadows and into the light of a new world, free of humans. With a talented cast and catchy music, this family friendly modern opera is definitely a must see!
THEATRE PIZZAZZ (NYC) - https://theaterpizzazz.com/then-sean-met-khalid/
GO TRIAD (NC) - http://www.greensboro.com/go_triad/th-annual-greensboro-fringe-festival-highlights-new-plays-and-dance/article_58ca6e43-bf06-57cd-86a2-f748c45cc7fc.html
WESTWORD (CO) - http://www.westword.com/arts/then-sean-met-khalid-handles-racism-with-candor-and-humor-5802904
BOULDER DAILY CAMERA (CO) - http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_20054482