Passing Strange
Friday 3rd May, 2019 → Sunday 26th May, 2019
Days: Sun, Thu, Fri, Sat

Ujima
429 Plymouth Avenue Buffalo, NY 14213
Time: Thurs, Fri, Sat: 7:00pm | Sun: 2:00pm
Cost: $30 general | $25 senior | $15 student
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Passing Strange is the story of a young black man’s migration from Los Angeles to Europe, and subsequent coming of age as an artist, that will stay in your bones long after you’ve left your seat.

​Part rock, funk, and blues performance – part theatrical production – there’s very little on stage that can rival Passing Strange. In this soulful autobiography, our narrator Stew recounts his youth growing up in middle class 1970s Los Angeles, and being rooted in the black church, before crossing the ocean to live in Berlin and Amsterdam where he discovers new perspectives on blackness, questions of responsibility, and figuring out how to become someone who is always just beyond his grasp. For Stew, and the audience, home must become a long distant memory before it can be unearthed and brought back into the light.

Permeating throughout is a love letter to the impact of black music that stretches from its gospel roots, to its forgotten history in punk and rock n’ roll, to the rhythms of our very beating hearts.

A concert, with its own story to tell.

Directed by Lorna Hill

Cast: Brian Brown, Augustus Donaldson, Jacqueline Cherry, Preach Freedom, Zoë Scruggs, and Tianna Livingston

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