Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #64

Contents

THANKFULNESS

WILLIAMS DELIGHTS AGAIN

GRINCH CLASSIC NOT TO BE MISSED

EXCELLENT HISTORICAL FILMS

BOND…JAMES BOND

TARAJI HENSON COMES TO BOSTON

GORDON JAMES AT ORGANIX SOUL Boston

KBAR READERS’ TICKET GIVEAWAY

UP-COMING EVENTS


THANKFULNESS

by Kay Bourne

(pictured: Gretchen Jackson)

2e4182f24563e999dab4b90992bf0f28.124.93 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #64The German philosopher Meister Eckhard writing, in the 13th century noted that “if the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.” Some KBAR readers tell us what they are thankful for:

GRETCHEN FLIPPIN JACKSON recently celebrated her 90th birthday. A media pioneer, she was the first African American woman in the Boston area to have her own radio show which was popular from 1952 onwards. For the past twenty years she has cared for a paraplegic son.

“I have all the blessings,” she said. “I can walk. Do my own cooking. I’m competent. I get up, clean up, do the cooking, all of that. I feel great. I use a walker, sometimes, because I don’t want to fall. I don’t have pain. I am grateful that I can live independently. My vision is 20/20. I’m very happy and very grateful for my blessings.”

“The Gretchen Jackson Show,” which began on WVOM and which she took to WBMS ultimately aired from the roof garden at the Hotel Somerset.

AKIBA ABAKA, 29, is the founder and producing artistic director of the Up You Mighty Race theater company which recently produced the much applauded “In The Continuum” at the Boston Center for the Arts where UYMR is a resident company. She is also a student at UMass Boston where she is completing a degree in psychology.

“I am thankful for my heart and for my mother,” she said. “My mother is very kind and very motherly. My heart is the source of my creativity and is where my art comes from. My heart is the reason I love humanity. If it was my head that was the source, I’d be very mean.”

A product of the Boston Children’s Theatre, the Teen Neighborhood Theatre at the Lyric, and the Strand Teen Players at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Abaka at age 18 worked as an assistant to playwright August Wilson while he was developing “Jitney” at the Huntington Theater which inspired her to start her own company that would explore the intricacies of Black life and culture. Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira‘s powerful drama “In The Continuum” is about two women, a married South African TV commentator and a teenager in South Central L.A. who have been stricken with the HIV/AIDS virus.

KATE SNODGRASS, 60, is the artistic director of both the Boston Theater Marathon and Derek Walcott’s the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (which she runs with Jacob Strautmann, the managing director of BPT).

She said that “I am thankful for my dear friends first and foremost. They put up with a lot from me and they have the patience of saints. I am thankful for Jacob because he has a lot of good ideas that he’s not afraid to try. And Nicholas, the theater dog, a cockapoo, because I can warm my hands on him and he likes all the shows and is not a critic.”

Snodgrass, who is also an award winning playwright, lectures in Playwriting in the Boston University Graduate School and is a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theater Company.

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