A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Modern Plays)

A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Modern Plays)

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1783190582

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Where do you get SOUL? From watching your parents sell the house you grew up in? From discovering the family secret about your crazy cousin? Or from the childhood records found in your parents’ basement? From Stevie, Aretha, Marvin, Chaka, Barry, Gladys…and Colman. Propelled by the beat of classic soul, smooth R&B and disco, this is the soundtrack of a boy’s coming of age in 70s and 80s Philadelphia.

A Boy and His Soul was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award Best Solo Show, GLAAD Media Award Best Play On or Off Broadway and the ITBA Best Solo Show awards.

"A blazingly charismatic performer." New York Times

"Personal, poignant and pungent… [an] evocative, moving piece about a man who finds himself and a large part of his identity through music." The Stage

"A beautiful and tender one-man show." Daily Telegraph

"Its sprinkling of sharp observations coupled with a heartfelt love for the music makes A Boy and His Soul hard to resist." What's On Stage

"The characters created by Domingo… are so colourful, so likeable, so simply yet vividly embodied… it is difficult to resist." Official London Theatre

"Leaves you yelping for more." Observer

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accident. Listen to the way that these people express themselves in this music. With so much passion and spirit. They left behind, Oh My God, Aunt Thelma’s Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, Pop’s Peaches and Herb, Mom’s Spinners, Rick’s George Benson, Averie’s Evelyn “Champagne” King, and my… (Music cuts out abruptly.) Carpenters! Musical tastes vary! (He puts the album back into the crate.) My sister Averie told me one day over some loud music while chain-smoking a pack of Newports that… AVERIE: I’m a

and fart. Somehow she could do it on command. I was in my bedroom with the usual 13-year-old complaint. LOVE. Every teenager wants to be wanted. Wants the girlfriend. Especially if you are a little soft like me because it’s important for your masculinity! It’s important to your family. It’s part of being a strong black man. Rick knew how to talk to girls, All of the guys in the songs knew how to talk to girls. I was still trying. I would give it my best shot. I would put on my favorite purple

in the music too! I always knew that it wouldn’t look like Edie and Clarence. More like Clarence and Clarence! O.K., no, that vision is too alarming. But you know what I mean! I was my mother’s special boy, my pop’s mmmp, mmmp, mmmp. And Rick and Averie’s little brother who admired Kangol hats and the hustle and the music. (He goes over to the albums and pulls out Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” JAY reads the liner notes on the back of the album and emulates Marvin Gaye.) “I can’t see anything

man she was running around with was her maker and he was on her breath, on her lips and Pop could taste it. Or maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic trying to make sense of chaos. My mom shh’ed my pop. She said, EDIE: Sing with me Clarence. Come on honey. Like you used to! (EDIE begins to sing the line from the lyric “If any one” inserting a personal text plea to CLARENCE “You know this song” then the other half of the lyric “should ever write, my life story” then she says “You used to sing this

Foreign from the inner city of Philadelphia like, Pensacola, Florida! JAY: She would tell me tales of my biological dad and how she was enamored of his Central American heritage even though he was a EDIE: No-good low-life low-life “Spick” who robbed me of my youth! JAY: This was before my big strong blue collar of a stepfather Clarence came along to be my pop and took over where Dad took off. In the backyard Mom spoke of many places that she wanted me to see and things she wanted me to do…

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