Lester is back with all his honesty and vulnerable-scintillating histrionics, "New Dream Of Love; Live With Lester" is a direct reflection of where he's been since crafting Love Lessons With Lester.
December 1st & 2nd, 2022
Lester Mayers with Keturah Jordan, Brandon Bera, and Matt Carvin
Opening Performance by Kamra Sadia Hakim
7pm Show - Doors at 6:30
9pm Show - Doors at 8:30
We love Lester! This time, Lester walks deeper into the physical space, sex, and a state of mind related to a lover you can't seem to shake while incorporating a meditative practice; everyone will leave the theater practicing themselves.
Featuring Brandon Bera, Keturah Jordan, and Matt Carvin, the four collective offers everyone a unique excursion, replete with dramatic pauses that stroke anticipation, then releases a torrent of poetry-music fire. A New Dream Of Love; Live With Lester flourishes in a format that goes beyond his previous approach to music and poetry.
"For me, and everyone that comes to experience this show, everyone that works on the show, my bleeding hope is that we all walk away with our souls stitched together. So we can start to do a little bit more than survive, and we can officially say and own what Beyonce strongly stated in Renaissance, "These Mother Fuckers Ain't Stopping Me!" -Mayers.
Opening Performance: "Connection & Belonging" by Kamra
“We need each other” is a firm truth. Artist, Kamra, takes us on a 10-minute sonic meditative poetry connection and belonging journey weaving together themes of passion, tenderness, ache, and the beautiful mess of it all.
Special Thanks to Max Evanega on camera and Erik Benepe as sound engineer and editor
Lesson 11 - A Spring Of Gay-Black-Feminine-joyThere’s a sly balancing truth happening in this poem. The backbone of Gay-Black-Feminine-Men is steeped in the resuscitation of self-love after years of abandonment, emotional gentrification, and self-loathing. "Through the misery and frustrations of not finding the hopeful message explicitly directed to Gay-Black-Feminine-Men, when I needed it the most, I wrote this within the authority of my identity. This poem is my prayer, hymn, wish, and hope that We-GBFM can arrive at such healing without compromising our right to love, live, be redeemed by our own definition. This poem is from my first book of critical analysis entitled A Spring Of Gay-Black-Feminine-joy." - Lester Mayers
Black Feels: LesterTransmuting trauma, Lester Mayers takes viewers on a freedom dreaming journey through pain’s path.
Lesson 2 - In & Out"The truth is we are all In & Out of lovin ourselves. It's never a won battle or a lost war. But it is a journey, and for those of us still caffeinated on pain of an ex-lover, it can make that journey even more difficult. This live musical recording is a little medicine for that pain." - Lester Mayers
Lester Mayers, Matt Carvin & Keturah Jordan
Lesson 3 - It Will Be A Thursday"I will continue to remind us all that we are deserving of good mental health & emotional wellbeing. That we deserve to LIVE whole, complete...FREE. That we deserve to be seen and not sacrificed. To be romanced and not manipulated. That we must admit when we are lonely so we can appreciate times when we are loved. I will continue to claim love no matter how painful it might've been in the past. It Will Be A Thursday is another excerpt from my genderless choreopoem Swallow From Both Ends; an experience not written from a distance, written and developed at the Playwrights' Center." - Lester Mayers