Dahlak Brathwaite: Try/Step/Trip

Dahlak Brathwaite: Try/Step/Trip

In response to the "Stay at Home" order by the state and, similarly, by local officials, REDCAT is temporary closed to the public. All performances, exhibitions and public events are postponed until further notice


Director Roberta Uno and writer/composer Dahlak Brathwaite return to REDCAT to launch the national tour of Try/Step/Trip. With choreography by Toran X. Moore and compositions by Teak Underdue, Try/Step/Trip is a spoken word, multi-character musical performed in the body through the language of step dance. The story follows the journey of an anonymous narrator as he re-imagines his experience in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program through a montage of lucid, sobriety-induced dreams. Inspired by Brathwaite’s own history, Try/Step/Trip layers characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance.


By Dahlak Brathwaite
Directed by Roberta Uno
Choreography by Toran X. Moore
Composition by Dahlak Brathwaite & Teak Underdue
Assistant Choregrapher Freddy Ramsey Jr.
Additional Choreography by Delina Patrice Brooks
Costume Dana Rebecca Woods
Lighting Brianna Pattillo
Performed by Jamal Douglas*Jasmine Gatewood*Derek Jackson*, Freddy Ramsey Jr., Benjamin Turner, and Max Udell                         

* appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association 

This REDCAT presentation of Try/Step/Trip is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundationmade and by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

Originally developed, commissioned and made possible by CalArts Center for New Performance. Critical support for the work has been through residencies at CalArts Center for New Performance. Try/Step/Trip was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional Support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Try/Step/Trip is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Youth Speaks, Inc. in partnership with The Living Word Project, a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, CalArts Center for New Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Miami Light Project and NPN/VAN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.


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THU 5/21
8:30 pm
FRI 5/22
8:30 pm
SAT 5/23
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff