Eyewitness Blues


Text Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp
Music Antoine Drye, Carlos Pimentel, and Paul Jonathan Thompson
Direction Talvin Wilks

2004/05 Season

March 1, 2005—April 10, 2005

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Eyewitness Blues is the spirited story of Junior, a hard-luck horn player, and the creative life of artists everywhere. As Junior (played by Steven Sapp) takes a breath, summoning the physical and psychic energy to play his horn, his Muse (played by Mildred Ruiz) appears, and his life unfolds in a series of provocative vignettes told through a stirring mix of jazz, flamenco, blues, and poetry. Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp, two of the collaborators from Universes, the group behind NYTW’s 2001 production of Slanguage, have joined forces with arrangers/composers Carlos Pimentel, Paul Thompson and Antoine Drye (Thompson and Drye provide live musical accompaniment) to create an affecting portrait of artists and the vibrant culture, traditions, and personal experience they bring to their work.

Scenic Design Narelle Sissons
Costume Design Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design Heather Carson
Sound Design Darron L West and Bray Poor
Choreography Adesola A. Osakalumi
Flamenco Movement Jaime Coronado
Stage Manager Antonia Gianino

with Mildred Ruiz and Steven Sapp