New Theatre

Flying Easy

Flying Easy


 
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A LIVE VISUAL ALBUM with music by DONNY HATHAWAY | CONCEIVED BY KEN ROBINSON | DIRECTED BY B. WOLFF

Flying Easy is a musical play that explores the life and legacy of legendary soul artist Donny Hathaway.

Donny's story is in many ways a classical tragedy of the "Mad Genius," but in particularly American themes of racism, alienation and exclusion.  Flying Easy immerses the audience in the sound and the struggle of this remarkable artist who invented the style that underlies the work of today's most prestigious pop-stars.

The show features a cast of five and a four piece band, and tells Donny's story completely through his songs, set in a dreamscape. It is a "Live Visual Album" inspired by works like Janelle Monae's "Emotion Picture" Dirty Computer and Beyonce's Lemonade. The style harnesses the poetic and the spectacular to give an impressionistic narrative that stays with the viewer long after seeing it. Flying Easy brings the unique element of liveness to this evolving form, and invites the audience to explore their own humanity in an inner landscape as terrifying as it is gorgeous.

Flying Easy was a finalist for the Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Residency in 2018. Currently seeking developmental opportunities.

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Ken Robinson, Creator/Performer --

Ken is an actor, vocalist, pianist, composer and creator of boundary-pushing musical theater including Flying Easy and Dancing in the Dark, both originally seen at the Yale Cabaret.

 

Broadway: Summer, The Color Purple, Memphis, Baby It’s You! Regional: The Threepenny Opera, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Big River, Jelly’s Last Jam. Education: MFA in acting, Yale School of Drama 2009; BA in economics, Morehouse College. Proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.