Wind Me Up, Maria!: A Go-Go Musical

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Doyle Engaging Difference Program co-sponsored a Post-show Chili Hour with the Groove Yard Band following the matinee performance of Wind Me Up, Maria!: A Go-Go Musical. The play, a collaboration between the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program, Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, and Black Theatre Ensemble, follows a Georgetown senior grappling with decisions about her future work and love of Go-Go music. Created and directed by Professor Natsu Onoda Power (Performing Arts) along with producer/educator/ lead singer of one of D.C.’s premier Go-Go bands Rare Essence, Charles “Shorty Corleone” Garris, this play kicked off the Theater & Performance Studies Program’s 2016-17 season (“Discover and Celebrate”) with a vibrant groove. The post-show event on November 6 featured live music, food from iconic DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl (a location also featured in the show), and conversation with the band, cast members, and faculty. The conversation, guided by Professors Leslie Hinkson (Sociology), Maurice Jackson (African American Studies), and Sylvia Önder (Anthropology), covered key themes in the play, including the diversity of Washingtonians, gentrification in D.C., building community through music, cultural tension, and violence. Participants asked questions about the role of Go-Go music in D.C.’s history while Washingtonians in the audience shared their experiences growing up with Go-Go music. A strong message from the event was the power of community spaces and cultures–how to honor, celebrate, and strengthen them.

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