By Colman Domingo
Electronic ISBN: 9781783195572
In 2010, Domingo's self-penned play A Boy and His Soul premiered Off-Broadway on the winery Theater, for which he received GLAAD Award: notable big apple Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway and a Lucille Lortel Award for amazing Solo express. He was once additionally nominated for a Drama table Award and a Drama League Award.
Where do you get SOUL? From gazing your mom and dad promote the home you grew up in? From getting to know the kin mystery approximately your loopy cousin? Or from the adolescence documents present in your parents’ basement? From Stevie, Aretha, Marvin, Chaka, Barry, Gladys…and Colman. Propelled by means of the beat of vintage soul, soft R&B and disco, this can be the soundtrack of a boy’s coming of age in 70s and 80s Philadelphia.
A Boy and His Soul used to be the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award most sensible Solo exhibit, GLAAD Media Award top Play On or Off Broadway and the ITBA most sensible Solo express awards.
"A blazingly charismatic performer." big apple Times
"Personal, poignant and pungent… [an] evocative, relocating piece a few guy who unearths himself and a wide a part of his identification via music." The Stage
"A appealing and gentle one-man show." day-by-day Telegraph
"Its sprinkling of sharp observations coupled with a heartfelt love for the tune makes A Boy and His Soul difficult to resist." What's On Stage
"The characters created through Domingo… are so vibrant, so likeable, so easily but vividly embodied… it truly is tricky to resist." reputable London Theatre
"Leaves you yelping for more." Observer
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No matter. Never falter! Turn your back bravely On the sunlight, sweet sunlight, of our earth forever, Tear wide open those dark gates boldly Which the whole world skulks past with averted heads. The time has come to disprove by deeds, Because the gods are great, man’s a derision, To cringe back no more from that black pit Whose unspeakable tortures are your own invention, To struggle toward that narrow gate Around which all Hell flames in constant eruption, To do it calmly, without regret, Even at the risk of utter extinction.
280 290 300 prologue in heaven 13 the lord. My good servant! mephistopheles. You don’t say! He serves you, I think, very queerly, Finds meat and drink, the fool, in nothing earthly, Drives madly on, there’s in him such a torment, He himself is half aware he’s crazy; Heaven’s brightest stars he imperiously requires And from the earth its most exciting pleasures; All, all, the near at hand and far and wide, Leave your good servant quite unsatisfied. the lord. If today his ser vice shows confused, disordered, With my help he will see the way clear forward; When the sapling greens, the gardener can feel certain Flower and fruit will follow in due season.
There too feel free, you have carte blanche. I’ve never hated your likes much; I find of all the spirits of denial, You jeerers not my severest trial. Man’s very quick to slacken in his effort, What he likes best is Sunday peace and quiet; So I’m glad to give him a devil—for his own good, To prod and poke and incite him as a dev il should. [To the Angels] But you who are God’s true and faithful progeny— Delight in the world’s wealth of living beauty! May the force that makes all life-forms to evolve, Enfold you in the dear confines of love, And the fitfullness, the flux of all appearance, By enduring thoughts give enduring forms to its transience.