Carl Hancock Rux

Carl Hancock Rux: Poesia Negra: Race, Sex and the Myth of the American Mytopia

“Phenomenal charisma.” The Village Voice

“Mr. Rux’s ideas have the urgency and passion of actions.” The New York Times

Famous for his dazzling spoken word acuity and alert cultural observation, the Alpert Award-winning poet, dramatist, fiction writer and musicmaker takes center stage in this intimate solo performance that blends paper-bag storytelling, hip-bop-fueled poetic reveries, and plenty of trenchant critical analysis on American mythologies and controversies new and old. Rux’s stripped-down staging shrewdly sets up his soaring oratory as he recites a set of original poems, elaborates on key passages from his essays, sings a few a cappella numbers, and gives spirited disquisitions on an eclectic lineup of cultural game-changers: James Baldwin and Jean Toomer, Billie Holiday and Amiri Baraka, Carl Einstein and Breyten Breytenbach, Hegel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mary McCarthy and—now—Facebook. Rux last appeared on the REDCAT stage in 2006 with a theatrical adaptation of his acclaimed debut novel Asphalt.

Funded in part with generous support from Judith O. and Robert E. Rubin. Additional support provided by The Herb Alpert Foundation. The Alpert Award in the Arts, a fellowship program that supports innovative practitioners in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual art, is administered by CalArts on behalf of The Herb Alpert Foundation.

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THUR 4/22
8:30 pm
FRI 4/23
8:30 pm
SAT 4/24
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff