VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX
July 31 - August 29
VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX
Created and Performed by Malik Work
Directed by Vernice Miller
Mobile Unit artist, actor/writer/emcee Malik Work shares a set of excerpts from his original play Verses @ Work. Directed by Vernice Miller, Verses @ Work tells a story that begins in the heart of early millennium NYC nightlife, when the worlds of live hip-hop and jazz begin to intertwine historically, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The music eventually takes a backseat to a tumultuous journey on which Malik is transformed. The lessons of said journey are captured in this modern-day version of epic poetry, steeped in the legacy of oral tradition. VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX is specially curated for this moment in 2021 for MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY. Call it verse, spoken word, rap, monologue, or soliloquy, but Malik weaves an engaging, vibrant, and personal account, loosely analogous to Homer’s Odyssey. This award-winning show was featured at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, South Africa. The South African press aptly named Malik “the griot from New York, Shakespeare of the streets.”
Malik will perform Verses @ Work in full at Joe's Pub on Mon, Oct 18. Access tickets now.
Lead support for Mobile Unit provided by JetBlue Airways, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Abrams Foundation.
Additional support provided by ConEdison, Barbara Diamonstein-Spielvogel & Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, and The Walt Disney Company.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.
Free For All
When joining us on tour, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask and to practice physical distancing.
- July 31-August 1: Astor Place (Manhattan)
- August 5-6: Roberto Clemente Plaza (Bronx)
- August 7: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 8: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 12: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
- August 13: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 14: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan)
- August 15: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan) * CANCELLED *
- August 19: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)
- August 20: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
- August 21-22: Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza (Queens)
- August 26-27: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)
- August 28-29: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
More stops to be announced.
Creator & Performer
MALIK WORK (Shakespeare: Call and Response Company/DJ; Verses @ Work Creator/Performer) has written and performed the highly celebrated original hip hop musical Verses @ Work, garnering him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. The film version of Verses won the International Spotlight Award at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. As an emcee, he’s a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking, international jazz/hip hop band. As an actor, he’s been seen off-Broadway, on network television, and on the big screen. As a teaching artist, he is a faculty member at the National Theater Institute, TEAK Fellowship, and The Public Theater’s own Mobile Unit. www.malikwork.com, @malikwork IG/Twitter.
VERNICE MILLER (Director of Verses @ Work) has presented theatre and film internationally for the last 40 years. She has devised work with incarcerated youth at the Finger Lakes Residential Center in Lansing, NY; collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on Eatonville, a Zora Neal Hurston project; worked for ten years internationally with HBO comedienne, Hazelle Goodman; and pre-pandemic, shadowed director Felix Alcala on the CBS series “Madam Secretary.” Vernice directed Verses @ Work with Malik Work for the 2020 National Arts Festival in South Africa as well as Three Women (Break the Silence) by anthropologist, Dr. Omotayo Jolaosho at the Market Theater Laboratory in Johannesburg. In Slovenia and Poland, Miller performed and co-directed Nomansland for Seth Baumrin’s Subpoetics International. She directed Bee Trapped Inside the Window by Saviana Stanescu, commissioned by Civic Ensemble in Ithaca, NY. She is an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and recipient of the London New Play Festival's Best Actress Award for her solo performance of Medea:Now. With Joann Yarrow, Vernice Miller co-founded A Laboratory for Actor Training Experimental Theatre Company in 1995 to evolve work inspired by Roberta Carreri and Eugenio Barba at Odin Teatret in Denmark. (www.ALATetc.org)