Arts Garage, the Delray Beach cultural hub and performing arts venue, will stage Bunker, a one act play directed and performed by Jonathan David Kelly, in its Theatre At Home: Live From Arts Garage series on Saturday, October 24, at 7 p.m.
Bunker dramatizes the story of Shani and her son Khalan and takes audiences through a mother’s desire to protect her son and the consequences that come their way as a result. This story of love reveals how wars may unintentionally start at home and the journey back to peace. It asks the demanding question: “How do you raise a Black Boy with no manual?”
Kelly, who cohosted the after school television program KidVision and later served as host of WLRN’s Vibe Connection, previously wrote and directed the documentary film Saved By The Pen, which can be viewed on YouTube. His BUNKER co-stars include performance poet, novelist, and playwright Sharonda Eccentrich Richardson and librarian-turned-educator Shanteala Mash. Both performers are based in Broward County.
“As an artist, I am committed to creating work that speaks to the underserved communities I come from,” says Kelly. “Not only do I use the arts as a way to spark dialogue for social change, but also as an instrument for healing. Before I create new work, I make sure to engage with community members through focus groups and open forum discussions, so that I have an accurate depiction of their individual social issues.”
Accordingly, immediately following the performance, the cast will have an open discussion on the condition of the African American Community as it relates “to raising black men in an effort to open dialogue, create solutions, and bring back the village.”
“Bunker explores an important concern facing many families today,” says Marjorie Waldo, president and CEO of Arts Garage. “Arts Garage celebrates community and believes that the Arts can be truly transformative by starting conversations and bringing people together. This amazing play is a perfect opportunity to do exactly that, whether you decide to watch it live-streamed from your home or with us live in Delray Beach. “
Tickets for the live-streamed performance ($25) and per-table for the in-person show ($150) are available here. Guests must purchase tickets in advance and are encouraged to print them or present them electronically at entry. Once at the venue, audiences will be asked to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Palm Beach County social distancing and COVID-19 safety guidelines.