When Sekou Sundiata passed away in July 2007 he was in the midst of touring his acclaimed music/theater production and Walker commission, the 51st (dream) state – a work he considered his personal and poetic “ State of the American Soul Address.” Sekou’s family, the entire cast of the 51st (dream) state, his artistic collaborators and his producers are committed to carrying on Sekou’s voice and vision by continuing to bring this important and timely work to stages around the country.
The premiere of the re-mounted 51st (dream) state is coming up this month and we invite you to show your support, help us fill the house, spread the word and join us in Miami as long-time performer & collaborator LaTanya Hall steps into Sekou’s role as “the voice of the poet” backed by an all-star ensemble of singers and musicians. Performances are being presented by Miami Dade College at The Colony Theater in Miami Beach on Friday & Saturday November 16 and 17 at 8pm. We hope you can make it for this premiere of the re-mounted show!
the 51st dream state producers will continue to offer this work on tour through the Fall 2008. The show is a loving and demanding look at some cherished mythologies and difficult truths about citizenship in the U.S.A. As the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections approach, questions of civic responsibility and citizenship become immediately relevant. the 51st (dream) state exposes the questions, provokes critical reflection and spurs meaningful dialogue. Shepherded through a universe of poems, monologues, songs and images, diverse audiences come together to imagine a more perfect Union. the 51st (dream) state offers viewers a profound place from which to continue this conversation outside of the theater.