New Plays. New Artists. Newburgh.
In conjunction with Double Play Connections and Doing Life Productions
Jane Dubin, Executive Producer
The nation misread him,
The prison enraged him,
His art expressed him,
His woman believed him,
His poetry saved him.
A Man in Progress
Written and Performed by
IYABA IBO MANDINGO
Directed by BRETT BUELL
Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose and song, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, formerly Kenny Athel George DeCruise - painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua - evolves the story of his life transformation.
At the age of eleven, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father. From "Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica", a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land, to his powerful political poetry that that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America.
Iyaba shares his rage, his determination, and his hope while he paints a self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept his self for the first time.