Mixing the lively pace of a three-ring circus with the soulful spirit of a New Orleans jazz processional, Gamal Chasten explores the hopes, dreams and regrets that accompany the death of a loved one in his music-theater piece The Last Word. As the ring leader to this segmented narrative, Chasten guides us through a series of stylized scenes ranging from Vaudeville to classic musical theater to 50’s drama and reality TV, each offering a light-hearted glimpse at one dysfunctional family as they cope with the loss of their father.
Gamal Chasten is a founding member of the acclaimed poetry/theater ensemble Universes.
As a playwright Chasten has presented Slanguage, The Last Word and God Took Away His Poem. As an actor he has been seen in Slanguage, Reg E.Gaines’ TIERS, In Case You Forget, You Can Clap Now, God Took Away His Poem and in the film Jails, Hospitals and HipHop.
Feb. 24 – March 6, 2005