Performances at Overture Center, Promenade Hall

3:00 p.m.  Romeo and Jul*et
                 Daniel Kaplan

3:45 p.m.  Staged Reading of Love Has No Season
                 Featured Artist, Rain Wilson

4:30 p.m.  Music Workshop
                 Led by Nathan France, Daniel Kaplan & 
                 Eric Newble

Romeo and Jul*et

Romeo and Juliet is an abstraction of the ancient story of love, told through sound, space and color. The one-person show explores the nature of relationships in contemporary 21st century society, as the audience is taken through the circular process of love and loss. 

Born in Los Angeles, raised in North Carolina, Daniel Kaplan is an interdisciplinary artist in the First Wave Program at the University of Wisconsin that explores invisibility, intersectionality, and the changing nature of contemporary identity. Under the name Son!, Kaplan makes sound, space, and time to allow the audience to explore the boundaries of their own self as a means of exploring his own. As a member of the First Wave Program, he abstracts the hip-hop processes of sampling, cultural documentation, and his own narrative to create work across mediums and genres that is rooted within a hip-hop framework.

Love Has No Season

This is a show that moves two womyn from an intense place of loss and grief to a space of healing and revelation through forgiveness of one another and of self.  

Rain Wilson is a writer, performer, teacher and director sought after for her ability to educate and empower artists and audiences alike. She utilizes innovative techniques that allow students to reach deep into the words that embody their personal narrative, using theater as a space for it to connect others in needed dialogue for social change. Rain has a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.F.A in Theater from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the arts. She is currently the Artistic Director of First Wave where she engages with some of the most talented artistic youth in the nation and beyond. Rain has been teaching and performing for over 20 years. She has performed multiple one woman shows in Los Angeles, Wisconsin, Chicago and New Jersey. Rain has done television and several plays, receiving a Jeff nomination for Best lead Actress for “Breath Boom”. Rain has written and composed original full length plays that have been shared to sold out audiences – most recently in Feb. of this year in New Orleans. Her newest play entitled, “Police State” that deals with the topic of police brutality and a family scarred by it, has been engaged in workshop efforts in Los Angeles and will be utilized in part in HUE-Man. Rains Mission is to reach out to the community and beyond through the arts, to help change and transform our lives, to unify and grow in our role as a more empowered people.

Music Workshop

Led by First Wave Scholars Daniel Kaplan, and Eric Newble, the Music Workshop features First wave artists from the ME en YOU Recording Intensive. Recording Intensive participants have spent the last months extensively working on individual projects with a team of musicians, producers and engineers to bring their vision to life on record and for live performance.

Music Workshop Participants include Jonathan Chang, Obasi Davis, Selin Gok, Gretchen Carvajal, Hiwot Adilow, Tehan Ketema.

Facilitated by Eric Newble, Daniel Kaplan and Nathan France