An exploration of home, community service and legacy.
An excerpt from “Homeward” will be performed Veterans Day Nov. 11 featuring Greg Alvarez Reid followed by a conversation with Black male veterans. 8 PM ET Bailey’s Café YouTube Channel
Preceded by special Veterans Day set with DJ Reborn on Zoom
Since Vietnam, Rufus Jefferson has felt lost, PTSD crippling his interactions with those he loves. Everyone, including his beloved wife and best friend, think a near-death experience in war caused his recurring trauma. For most of his life he keeps secret how his white commanding officer actions resulting in Rufus’ less-than-honorable discharge traumatized him, and why he doesn’t tell anyone the truth. It’s not until his daughter convinces him to testify to his story and fight the “bad paper” symbolizing his dishonor that he finds his way home.
Anna started her acting career in Los Angeles as a member of the award winning City Garage theater company. After a quick pass through Boston’s theater scene, she made her way to NYC where she joined the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company and performed across the city in classical to contemporary plays.
More recently, Anna has focused on producing and writing. With two other actresses, she formed Working Girls Productions, a production company dedicated to expanding works for female actresses by presenting women in roles written for men. With another actor colleague, Anna formed Lamb Pond Productions to produce a show as a fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Anna is grateful to be part of AQAIK, and couldn’t have written Homeward without the creative guidance and support of Monica Williams. In addition to Homeward, Anna is working on a novel, and another play focused on race justice issues.
Performer: Greg Alverez Reid can be seen in the upcoming HBO Special Event BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME. He recently appeared In the HBO Documentary: “The Apollo”. His theatre credits consist of Off-Broadway, numerous Regional Theatre and renowned Arts Centers like the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in his native Washington, DC. Notable performances include FENCES directed by Phylicia Rashad and the inaugural stage productions of BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME directed by Kamilah Forbes. Greg has collaborated with some amazing arts organizations like Hi-Arts, NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Sundance Theatre Lab, KCTYA and [email protected] and helped to produce content for HBO, VH1, One Foot Productions, Seachange Entertainment, MTV, Logo and NBC. He is a proud graduate of the Illustrious Howard University and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University.
Guest Veteran: Retired Pvt. Herbert Sweat, RA12764315. U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Vietnam 1967-68. Airborne Combat Infantry Badge.
Guest Veteran: Retired Pvt. Roger Omar Salaam. U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division 3/306 Infantry. Phan Thiết, Vietnam.
Bailey’s Cafe presents As Quiet As It’s Kept (AQAIK), a multi-discipline performance installation based on the stories of veterans of color and their role in a changing community under the artistic direction of Monica L. Williams in collaboration with artists from various genres.
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