“. . .Or Does It Explode?” provides poetic, thought-provoking and frequently confrontational language in its journey though the psychic and social conditions and contradictions of the contemporary black urban male experience.
Directed by John Dayo Aliya, this show includes dramatic vignettes using music, poetry and traditional theatrical forms. The play relays stories gathered from men ages 16 to 35 in Akron, and the stories were turned into a play by co-writers John Dayo Aliya and John Smith.
“. . . Or Does It Explode?” is a collaboration between Ma’ Sue Productions, Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (C.A.T.A.C), and Kent State University Department of Pan African Studies. The production will be at Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch St., in Akron. Dates and times: Oct. 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 pm. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 11. There will be special performances at Kent State University Oct. 23-25.
Presale tickets are $10 and may be purchase on BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $12. Due to strong language, this play is not recommended for sensitive audience.