JOIN THE CELEBRATION  OF THE
 51st ANNIVERSARYOF THE U.S. MOON WALK

Man on Moon
Photo Courtesy of NASA

   Listening to  The World Premier (Radio play Version of)
"PIECES OF THE MOON"
PRESENTED BY:
HAMMER THEATRE CENTER,
ONE YEAR LEASE THEATER And  STAGES

BY IRIDE APARICIO

SILICON VALLEY, CA --  This year, in the privacy of our own homes, we  will be able to celebrate the  51st anniversary of  the day when the first human, American Astronaut NEIL ARMSTRONG  walked on the moon, -- Listed in the  archives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)   as  July 20, l969 at lO:56 PM  EDT,--  by  turning on our computers and listening  to  the  LIVE STREAM  Radio-play version of  "PIECES TO THE MOON"  presented by  HAMMER THEATRE CENTER ,  ONE YEAR LEASE THEATER  COMPANY  and STAGES.

Playwright NICK FLINT
Playwright NICK FLINT        Photo by PJ NORTO

"PIECES OF THE MOON" is a play written by Playwright NICK FLINT who is known as an actor, director, TV actor, playwright, and as the Co-Artistic Director of the theatre Company One Year Lease.  (OYL)

As a playwright, FLINT has been developing new plays and ensembles for over twenty years and designing extended development processes to create new work. As an actor he has performed with the major Australian state theatre companies, and his screen credits include ongoing roles on Australian TV Dramas.

"PIECES OF THE MOON" may be described as a 'theatrical jazz riff.'  Lacking a premise, its play's plot moves into two different directions and explores two themes:  1) The rise of the Black Arts Movement and   2) The Apollo ll NASA Mission which landed the first person on the moon.  Also, and similar to the Greek's plays where the Play's point of view is conveyed to the audience by the chorus, in "PIECES OF THE MOON" the story is being told from the perspective of a single character:, "godfather of Rap" who will be played by SCOTT- HERON.

Astronaut on Moon
Photo Courtesy of NASA

"PIECES OF THE MOON" was originally commissioned by the ONE YEAR LEASE THEATRE COMPANY (OYL) and originally the play was set to make its world's premier in August 2020 at the STAGES Theatre in Houston Texas, but When the pandemic made it impossible, by closing all theatres, OYL and STAGES worked together to adapt the play into a radio play.

Not intending to replace an ultimate staged version of the of the work the original play was adapted for a radio style presentation, threaded with the music and poetry of SCOTT-HERON (Considered the "Godfather of rap" and "The Black BOB DYLAN," although he prefers to call himself a "BLUESOLOGIST." ) and combined with   the original transcripts of the NASA's l969 Apollo 11 mission.

The radio play will be directed by LANTHE DEMOS. The design team for the Radio-Play version includes:Sound design: BRENDAN AaNES.  Sound Engineer and Audio Editor TOM BEUCHEL and the  music will be  directed by  GRANVILLE MULLINGS.

The cast features: ADESOLA OSAKALUMI as Gil Scott-Heron, DANNY BERNARDY, ERIC BERRYMAN, ANNA CAMPBELL, EON GREY, NOELLE HOGAN, LEON INGUlSRUD, NATHANIEL KENT, CHRISTINA BENNETT LIND. VIOLETA PICAYO, CHRISTINA PITTER, RICHARD SAUDEK, and SHONA TUCKER.

"PIECES OF THE MOON" will be live streamed at 7 PM (PDT) on Monday, July 20 and rebroadcast on Thursday, July 23 at 7 PM and on Sunday July 26 at 3 PM PDT. Streaming is FREE but it requires registration ticket for the selected performance date. For registration and information the public may visit https://hammertheatre.com/events-list/