Daniel Beaty's Solo Show on Fathers, Sons & Community: Through the Night at Westside Theatre
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I admire Daniel Beaty's talent and his performance in "Through the Night" was superb, awesome, an incredible roller coaster ride of emotions. The insight into Black life and Black angst was thoughtful, painful, raw and honest. I wished that university students, teachers and those interested in how racial and economic barriers affect Black life would see it and develop some empathy and guts to confront systemic issues. Great performer and performance!
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- "Daniel Beaty's show is a thing of beauty, wit, grit, and piercing lyricism." —<em>The New York Times </em>
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Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Playing six African-American men at different stages of their lives as well as the people who love them, Beaty's newest performance piece unites this multitude of characters through an extraordinary event. Through the Night takes on universal themes and makes them personal, highlighting the tragedy, beauty and humor within all of us. It's about family; it's about addiction; it's about love. It's about time - can you make it through the night?
Daniel Beaty is an award winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergency (formerly Emergence-SEE!) directed by Kenny Leon ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006. For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing and Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. New York Magazine awarded him a 2007 Culture Award for Best in Theater. Daniel has toured Emergency nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. In February 2008, he received two Helen Hayes Award nominations for the best in theater in Washington D.C. and in June 2008, he was the winner of the Unique Theatrical Experience Award from the New Jersey Star Ledger for his production at the Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In the spring of 2008, Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor.
As an actor, singer, and poet, Daniel has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, and Africa performing on television, acting in theatrical productions, singing leading roles in operas, and giving solo concerts of his own work. He has performed at The White House and has graced the stage of The Kennedy Center in tribute to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Daniel is the 2004 Grand Slam Champion at the world famous Nuyorican Poet’s Café and The Fox Networks National Redemption Slam Champion.
He has performed on programs with artists such as Jill Scott, Sonia Sanchez, MC Lyte, Mos Def, Tracy Chapman, Deepak Chopra, and Phylicia Rashad. Daniel was seen on the third and fourth seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry; as a guest artist on NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo with Rueben Studdard; and on BET’s 106 & Park. He holds a BA with Honors in English and Music from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT).
As a playwright and composer, Daniel’s work has been performed, staged and work-shopped at the Public Theater, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, La Mama, Arena Stage, Harford Stage, Philadelphia Theater Company, Alliance Theatre, True Colors Theater Company, Crossroads Theater Company, American Conservatory Theater, Yale University, The Geffen Playhouse and various other academic institutions and civic organizations. He was awarded the 2007-08 AETNA American Voices Playwright-in-Residence position at Hartford Stage, and a commission to write a new play. His play Resurrection received its world premiere production at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in August 2008 (where he was awarded the 2008 Edgerton Foundation’s new American Play Award); followed by engagements at Hartford Stage, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and ETA Theater in Chicago.
In October 2008, Daniel collaborated with composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain on an orchestral work titled Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln that premiered at the BAM Next Wave Festival and continues to tour nationally and internationally. His family musical Trippin’ was optioned by Disney and produced by Harlem Stage. Breath & Imagination, Daniel’s new musical about the life of Roland Hayes, the first African-American classical vocalist of world renown, recently received a reading at the York Theater.
His newest play and one-man show, Through the Night, premiered at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ in a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Through the Night had a limited engagement at the Riverside Theater in New York as a co-production with Voza River’s New Heritage Theatre and Walk Tall Girl Productions, Inc. In addition to his writing for the stage, Daniel was hired by Showtime to create an original half hour series based on his play Emergency and by Spitfire Pictures to create an original screenplay about the life of George Moses Horton, an African-American poet born into slavery.