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Karen D. Taylor



Performance schedule:

Wednesday, August 13 at 9:30pm

Saturday, August 16 at 2:15pm

Monday, August 18 at 3:00pm

Friday, August 22 at 9:15pm

Riffs on Race, Love, and War:

The Musical

Presented by Chenyaka Productions at The New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC, A Production of The Present Company

Directed by KEITH JOHNSTON Book by KAREN D. TAYLOR Music by various artists

Featuring Mumia Abu-Jamal performing Spoken Word and singing in a special voice-over with Tulani Kinard and the Riffs on Race, Love, and War Music Warriors: Rasul A-Salaam, Kelvyn Bell, Chenzira, Steven Kroon, Marcus Persiani, Lonnie Plaxico, and Cindy Rainne

Lighting Design by Greg Williams. Sound Design by Tom Morse

Riffs on Race, Love, and War: The Musical sounds a clarion call for unity, compassion, and transcendence. Part social commentary, part African American-Barbadian family history, Riffs on Race, Love, and War is a powerful 90-minute play blending spoken-word poetry, Jazz, Rock, and Gospel to inspire a future of freedom, justice, and equality. Riffs features Tulani Kinardand Mumia Abu-Jamal, speaking from the stage for the first time ever in a special voice-over.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a prolific author, journalist, social commentator, and an American prisoner wrongly convicted for the 1981 murder of a police officer. Mumia did not receive a fair trial by a jury of his peers. Originally sentenced to death in 1982, in 2012 the ruling was later commuted to life imprisonment without parole.  The New York Times previously described him as “perhaps the world’s best known death-row inmate.”

To Purchase Tickets and for more information about RIFFS ON RACE, LOVE AND WAR

visit: www.FringeNYC.org


Flamboyan Theatre at the Clemente. 107 Suffolk Street,  New York, NY

Karen D. Taylor (Writer) is a writer, vocalist, performer, poet, and playwright,who was influenced by the Black Arts Movement. She has performed at the Schomburg’s Women In Jazz Festival, the Bethlehem Musikfest, and Transart’s Jazz In the Valley, among other venues. Her mixture of music and spoken word creates a broad canvass of sound and language. Riffs on Race and War,which has been renamed Riffs on Race, Love, and War: The Musical was developed out of her forthcoming book, Riffs on Race, Love, and War: The Memoir. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the mother of Chenzira Imani Malcolm Taylor-Lewis and Siyaka Taylor-Lewis.



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