BUSINESS NEWS: Emancipation Theater Company Presents The World Premiere of Honorable Disorder – Written and Directed by COMBO Member Jeff Campbell
Denver, CO: Emancipation Theater Company is excited to announce their inaugural production. Honorable Disorder will be presented April 6th through April 29th with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Performances will be at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio located at 119 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205. Tickets are $25 in advance online at www.EmancipationTheater.com.
About the show: Honorable Disorder tells the story of DeShawn Foster, a native of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and a veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following the loss of his commanding officer and father figure, DeShawn struggles to hold on to the life lessons he was taught in the military and his “Soldier’s Creed.” The only other surviving platoon member is DeShawn’s friend Justin, who has given up on society, the government and their shared creed. Also part of this fascinating and poignant story is DeShawn’s mother, her brother (a former featherweight boxer) and their new neighbor, Samantha, who hopes to use DeShawn’s story as her own motivation to transform her career and to fulfill her life’s purpose.
Honorable Disorder addresses the issues of a typical American family in the dynamic landscape that is present-day Denver as seen through the eyes of a young black man and his perceived value by those that care most for him.
The new Emancipation Theater Company is the latest endeavor by Artistic Director Jeff Campbell. Its mission is to create original, provocative storytelling that challenges the conventional wisdom of contemporary social issues affecting the 21st Century. Jeff Campbell is available for interviews upon request.
Featuring the talents of:
● Theo Wilson as DeShawn Foster
● Erica Brown as Nancy Foster
● Chet Sisk as Sergeant Gerald Sheffield
● Corey Rhoads as Justin MacDonald
● Jeff Campbell as Bernard Foster
● Devon James as Samantha Stewart
Said writer and director, Jeff Campbell, “After working with Veterans in 2016 in Georgia, listening to their stories inspired me to write this script. It’s integral to reestablishing our core values as a country that we transform the dialogue around veterans.” And Actor Theo Wilson offers, “Throwing veterans away is the hallmark of a culture addicted to making humans disposable.”
About Jeff Campbell: Jeff Campbell has been a part of Denver’s creative community for over two decades as a pioneering Hip Hop and spoken word artist, as well as a facilitator of arts in education programs for Colorado’s youth in public schools. In 2015, he was named one of Westword’s 100 Colorado Creatives. He is also the writer of the critically acclaimed Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? a One-Man Mockumentary on the Hip Hop Industrial Complex, and Final Fight of the Freedom Fighter, a comedic play about the complexities of intersectionality in activism. His work is rooted in social commentary from his own personal experience. Honorable Disorder is his latest project, inspired in part by his work with veterans in Griffin Georgia in 2016.
About Theo Wilson: Theo Wilson graduated from Florida A&M University with his degree in Theatre Performance in 2003. He immediately began acting as an intern with the St. Louis Black Repertory company, and performing in countless touring company shows. He returned to Denver and joined the Shadow Theatre Company under the direction of the late Jeffrey Nicholson, and performed in shows such as Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Oscar and Felix. Since then, his theatre credits include Ruined as ‘Jerome Kisembe’, Hair as ‘Hud’, Gospel at Colonus as ‘Polyneices’, Shakespeare’s Pericles as ‘Lysimachus’, and Six Degrees of Separation as ‘Paul’. He has won numerous Slam Poetry awards, including winning the National Poetry Slam Championship in 2011 alongside Denver’s own ‘Slam Nuba.’ Theo was a part of the Denver Center of Performing Arts inaugural run of Black Odyssey, and has worked with Vintage Theatre, El Centro Su Teatro, Cleo Parker Robinson, His and Hers Productions, Evergreen Theatre, and Curious Theatre Co. He is proud to be a member of the Emancipation Theater Company.
A bond so powerful… death could not break it.
What: Honorable Disorder
Where: At Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205.
When: April 6th – 29th
Times: Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. | Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
[Editor’s note: Jeff Campbell and Erica Brown are members of COMBO. Both have huge and highly recognized backgrounds in the Denver Music Scene. We are pleased to recognize their talents in another area of the art world.]