EMERGENCY (Formerly Emergence-SEE!)
“We can overcome if we change the way we see, see ourselves, see our past, see our possibility.”
– Daniel Beaty from EMERGENCY
A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NY into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. Daniel Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters including a homeless man, a scientist, a republican business executive, a street vendor, and an 11-year old boy from the projects who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. The performance is 80 minutes and can be performed with two armless chairs and basic house lighting.
“Funnier than most serious plays and vastly smarter than most funny plays, Daniel Beaty’s Emergence-See! is the most intriguing new show of the season. Its premise is inspired.”
– Jeremy McCarter, New York Magazine
“Daniel Beaty’s explosive, affecting solo play Emergence-See! may be the most important new American drama since Angels in America”
– Mark Denton, NYTheatre.com
(Above) Photos by Michael Lamont from the Geffen Playhouse Production of EMERGENCY.
Knock Knock Excerpt from EMERGENCY.
Daniel Beaty on Tavis Smiley. Excerpt from EMERGENCY.
Daniel Beaty at the Kennedy Center (Introduction by Ruby Dee). “CONNECT RECONNECT” excerpt from EMERGENCY.
Daniel Beaty on NPR’s All Things Considered. Discussing EMERGENCY.