Faruq Hussein- Bey’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, directed by Camille Kashaka, is a series of small stories that address the roles of perception and perspective on race, class, sexual preference, and gender inequality. Using recordings from Gil Scott Heron to set the tone of the work and a set of three large mural panels displaying political and popular culture icons designed by Erin Cumbo, the cast and crew creates different environments for powerful slice-of-life type scenes. The cast of four takes on various roles throughout. Kofi Owusu takes on the most diverse set of characters while Jasmine Jackson portrays the evolving role and mentality of the modern female. Todd Clark offers a thought-provoking charecture of an out-of-touch teacher. Another mention should go to Louis E. Davis who moved the audience with his role as a premonition of a soon to be aborted child.
Each scene communicates the subtle familiar rumblings of a revolution happening in the everyday life of Americans. The piece reminds us of the fact the Revolution will be live and it is happening all around us.
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