This experimental, multi-disciplinary spectacle celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806. More…
From the show:
The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker is a multi-disciplinary spectacle with a marching band, 12-foot puppets, shadow puppetry and moving projection screens. The band is an award-winning group, the Soul Tigers, young men and women who attend Benjamin Banneker High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
This event celebrates the life of Benjamin Banneker, a free black man living in Maryland from 1731 to 1806, who taught himself mathematics and astronomy, and made important scientific discoveries. In addition to Banneker's life, students from the high school contribute autobiographical material to the performance and will participate alongside professional performers.
See it if If you want more of a history than a play. Some good acting, and multi visual. If you like a story rather than a play.
Don't see it if Show is all over the place andslow at times. If you do not like puppetry. If you want a traditional more focused play.
See it if You want a history lesson instead of a play as told through a narrator and puppets then this might be for you.
Don't see it if you are looking for a play with dramatic interaction, this is not it.
See it if you want to see High School students perform excellently whether in choreography, puppetry or drum line. Excellent use of multimedia.
Don't see it if you want to see a well written play. The narrative is all over the place. Often repetitive, misogynistic and totally unfocused.
See it if you’d enjoy earnest, creative but not always well articulated stories about episodes in black history.
Don't see it if you’re looking for sophisticated story telling, aren’t interested in the black experience, don’t like loud music or hour long performances.