KNOXVILLE, TN – March 15, 2019 – SWOPERA: A Spoken Word Opera is the next production in Carpbetbag Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration, taking place 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 4 p.m. April 14 at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre on University of Tennessee’s campus.
SWOPERA tells a contemporary story of gentrification, one family's efforts to save their business -Lowell’s Soulfood Cafe - and finding unexpected leadership in the youngest member of the family, Lem. The text is delivered in spoken word poetry and rhyme, accompanied by elements of hip-hop and soul.
Created by the Carpbetbag Theatre Ensemble and emerging community artists, SWOPERA is directed by Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp of Universes and supported by the Roy Cockrum Foundation.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, military members and groups of 10 persons or more.
Meet the Director and Musical Director
Steven Sapp & Mildred Ruiz-Sapp are from Universes which is a national Ensemble Theater Company, of multi-disciplined writers and performers of color, who fuse theater, poetry, dance, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining works for the stage. The group breaks the traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of theater.
About Carpetbag Theatre
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.
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