INCOMING! The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival@Joe's Pub: Five'Til
Show DescriptionObie Award winning actor, Edwin Lee Gibson (The Seven) brings his commentary on capital punishment to Joe’s Pub in the blues fairytale, Five 'Til.
In a notorious state penitentiary in Huntsville, TX, cause and effect have come home to roost. Dante Wallace sits five minutes from execution for the murder of Kenya. What happens when a capital punishment case becomes about convicting someone rather than someone who is guilty?
Five 'Til frames the complexity of a worst nightmare scenario into a “karmic tale” of how vengeance is far more powerful than a lethal injection. A lucid hallucination set to music- the play is a blues fairytale that captures both pain and joy in the stylistic traditions of Negro spirituals and soul.
Edwin received an Obie Award for his portrayal of Oedipus in Will Power’s The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop). 2011-2012 credits: Strata (Bricolage Theatre, Pittsburgh), Futurity (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge and Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis); Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train (barebones productions, Pittsburgh); The Diary of Black Men (StageWalkers Productions, Los Angeles); The Father (Langston Hughes Festival/CCNY), and the short film, Heading Home (Ithaca, NY). This summer Edwin starred as Raqmaan in the NaRa Films feature, Blood First (2012 release). He has also just completed his academic work, Freedom Initiative, which utilizes the canon of the late August Wilson as a means for revisiting and reimagining the American African experience, post slavery, in the United States.