Spoken Word Artist Mike McGee in Autobiographical In Search of Midnight
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The last date listed for In Search of Midnight was Sunday August 29, 2010 / 7:00pm.
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This offbeat comedy-drama is the final piece in the "Church and State" trilogy that includes the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt and the bold drama Defiance -- both works that explore morality and power. In his third play in the trilogy, writer John Patrick Shanley (Oscar winner for Moonstruck), shines a spotlight on the fraught relationship between religion and politics. In the midst of a cold Bronx winter, an ambitious borough president faces off against a disillusioned minister as he tries to help a local woman caught in the mortgage crisis. Carl Lumbly (Alias, Southland) is part of an ensemble cast of well-known Bay Area actors, including Derek Fischer, Rod Gnapp, Gabriel Marin, Ray Reinheart and Gloria Weinstock, who star in this funny and uplifting play. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Ken in Kensington
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Tooooooooooo longgggggggggggg! This piece heralded at 80 minutes went nonstop for 150 without a potty break. It was opening night, and the expectation is that it will be whittled down to size.
The raconteur was born with Spina Bifida, and that fact provides a significant amount of material for the piece. While interesting, it was just too much, turning this outing into a pity piece when the author had so much more to offer.
He is/was a national poetry slam champion, and this success and his poetry should be his message. Overcoming (living with) Spina Bifida should be the prelude to his successful life.
Get rid of the chronological approach. As time elapsed, I cringed as the story went from 2001 to 2002 to 2003 to ... with a bladder about to burst. We don't need to know about each of his loves, at least not in depth.
Put the emphasis on the poetry -- it's really very very good, cut the performance time down to 80-90 minutes saving the rest for another time, and get on with life.
Quotes & Highlights
- Watch videos of McGee's live performance.
Adapted from his popular book by the same name, Mike McGee uses stand-up comedy, poetry, puppets and spoken word to share stories of family, love, triumph and defeats, never letting us forget that life is a gift. He tells the story of his birth, diagnosis of Spina Bifida, and the moment when he realized he could make anyone laugh.
While McGee performs regularly all over the world, this show is special because it will be the first time he has performed his work as a scripted narrative.
“Mike’s best work comes from a personal place where each poem tells a story," says director Anthony Miller. "I wanted to arrange those poems and craft stories around it to not only showcase the scope of his work, but also for the first time tell his entire life story. I’ve been Mike’s friend and collaborator for over a decade, he’s special in so many ways. He takes the mundane and makes it beautiful. In 90 minutes you will feel not only like you know him, but you’ll love him too. He is a testament to the idea that if you are kind and never give up amazing things will happen, I’ve been inspired by him and I hope others will be too."
Mike McGee (Writer/Performer) was born with Spina Bifida in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and grew up in San José, California. He discovered a love of words at he age of three, and now writes and performs all over the world. He has been a force in the San Francisco Bay Area spoken word scene since 1999. His reach expanded in 2003 when he won the 2003 National Poetry Slam Grand Championship in Chicago. He then embarked on an international poetry and comedy tour, which has taken him all over Europe, Canada and the U.S.
He has become a favorite performer to many schools around the U.S. and was one of the first Americans to perform at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne) and Glastonbury, the largest music festival in the world. In 2006 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship in Charlotte, N.C., becoming the first person to attain both titles. McGee has served time as a pirate radio station disc jockey, altar boy, travel agent, floor sweeper, hip hop emcee, band leader, and screenwriter. Mike travels over 100,000 miles a year and has appeared on CBC, NPR, and had a popular performance HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He is also a co-founder of the live spoken word groups Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.) and Solomon Sparrow's Electric Whale Revival.
He has a mighty appetite, an uncanny relationship with ladybugs, several tattoos and siblings, and a passable Scottish accent. He breathes somewhere between Silicon Valley, California and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible, but currently resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. McGee thoroughly enjoys weather, beverages, the number 3, and the scent of mock orange blossoms in the spring.
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