Brockport, NY – With its “groovy,” American tribal love-rock musical vibe, Hair seems mired not only in a different decade but—at this point—a different century. Yet, if you look at the activism depicted onstage and consider movements such as #MeToo or #NeverAgain, it is obvious that today’s youth still wants to have their voices heard, albeit using different tactics than their forebears. And everyone wants to sing those songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” and “Good Morning, Starshine.” Kevin Curtis is a part of the “Tribe,” as the ensembles of productions of Hair are called, and also serves as the dance captain for the production currently being performed at Geva Theatre Center. He has his own ideas about the show’s relevance, and the way dance is utilized to express the freedom that is sought in the show. He will share those thoughts at the first installment of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies’ Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals of the year. His talk entitled, “Long, Beautiful Hair: The Cross-Generational Reach of America's Favorite Tribal Love-Rock musical,” will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 10 am in The College at Brockport’sTower Fine Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 180 Holley Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Curtis is making his Geva debut in Hair, and has appeared in the national tour of A Chorus Line and the off- Broadway production of Invisible Thread. Regional credits include the St. Louis Muny, ART, Denver Center, Dallas Theatre Center, PCLO, North Shore, TUTS, Stages St. Louis and Paper Mill Playhouse. Film credits include Take Care and Newlyweds.
The “Stage Whispers” series is sponsored by The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies as part of their alliance with Geva Theatre Center. The series gives community members insight into the process of professional theatre artists. For more information, please call (585) 395-2496.