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Death By A Thousand Cuts: A Requiem for Black and Brown Men


Jun 29, 2022

7:00 pm

Death By A Thousand Cuts: A Requiem for Black and Brown Men

About the Show

Allegorically told, Death by a Thousand Cuts: A Requiem for Black and Brown Men candidly unearths the raw experiences of melanated men. Drawing from the joy, pain, and the trauma of surviving in America, this is a requiem 400 years in the making. Read more here.

This theatrical read is presented in partnership with M.A.D. Content Productions.

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Steve Driffin was born in New Haven, CT, but raised in Brooklyn, New York and in South Carolina. He completed undergraduate school at the University of South Carolina and eventually moved back to his birthplace. He is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright whose plays have sold-out venues in Connecticut. His theatrical launch began when he used some of the most notorious street corners in New Haven as a stage. His stories center around love, redemption, social justice, and relationships.

Steve believes that his storytelling ability was passed down through his ancestors and elders—the griots—who were not historically allowed to read or write their own stories and he honors their gift by writing. One of Steve’s dreams was to produce a play at Long Wharf Theater and now his dream has come true.

JASON HALL (he/him), often referred to as PHENIX, his stage name, is a theater alumnus from Southern Connecticut State University. Past credits include Collective Consciousness Theater’s Jesus Hopped the A Train; Skeleton Crew; Stop Kiss; and Polaroid Stories. Jason is the co-writer of Rebirth’s Arts Collective play, Letters from the Sky. He is also the founder of Bridgeport’s first improv troupe Never Say No. 

SHARMONT (INFLUENCE) LITTLE (he/him) is a Poet, Writer, Actor, and Workshop Coordinator from New Haven, CT. Truly passionate about acting and spoken word, Influence has performed at venues such as NYC’s Nuyorican Poetry Café and the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. including Yale, Virginia State University, Boston University, and numerous public schools. Influence grew his legacy, winning poetry slams nationwide. He is a five-time member of the CT Slam Team Verbal Slap, a coach of the 2017 team, and Grand Slam Champion. Influence is also the founder of Influence a Life, LLC—a business that focuses on teaching coping skills, social skills, and conflict resolution via the art of spoken word. 

STEPHEN KING (he/him) is a 29-year-old professional music composer, producer and actor from New Haven, CT. He has performed his musical talents, whether it be sax or piano, across stages such as cafe 9, the  Shubert Theatre, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Brooklyn Bowl, the Rockwood Music Hall, and  many more in-between. As an actor, Stephen has performed with Collective Consciousness Theatre, The Whitney Players, the Round Table Players, and individual works by Playwrights. Motivated by his drive to become great in the arts, his love for theater and music keeps him humble. Always a student, Stephen is always learning and staying true to the arts and the power it has on the people who receive it. 

RODNEY T. MOORE (he/him) is a seasoned actor and independent filmmaker originally from New Haven, CT.  Mr. Moore has performed theatrically on stages in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and in Connecticut at venues such as: Long Wharf Theater, Cabaret Theater, Palace Theater Stamford, the Seven Angels Theater, Fairfield Theater Club, and The Klein Memorial Theater. Besides being a talented actor, Rodney is also a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. His other passion is working with non-custodial fathers and men returning home from incarceration as the Fatherhood Coordinator for New Haven Healthy Start at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.