Collection Title: Djola Branner / Pomo Afro Homos collection
Title: Fierce Love Stories from Black Gay Life
Alternate Title: Stories from Black Gay Life
Date: 1994 August 20
Location: Recorded at Highways in Los Angeles, CA on August 20, 1994.
Work Type: Performance., Theater.
Djola Branner, creator ; Brian Freeman, creator ; Eric Gupton, creator.
Djola Branner, performer ; Brian Freeman, performer ; Eric Gupton, performer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:35:19
Language: In English.
Synopsis: Fierce Love was conceived, written, and performed as a response to the absence of three-dimensional black, gay men on the American stage. The show premiered at Josie's Juice Joint & Cabaret in San Francisco in January 1991, and went on to tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim until 1994 (Brian Freeman revived the show with a new cast in 2010). This recording marks the final performance by the original ensemble cast of the Pomos--Djola Branner, Brian Freeman, and Eric Gupton--and includes a post-show discussion.Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original full-length and one-act dramas give voice to individuals historically absent from the theater and explore a broad range of human experiences. Co-founder of the award-winning performance group Pomo Afro Homos, Branner toured nationally and internationally with their shows Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life and Dark Fruit. Both productions, scripted and performed by the Pomos, addressed the historical absence of three-dimensional black, gay characters in the theater and have proved seminal to the contemporary interrogation of African-American male identity. Branner’s interdisciplinary work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Jerome, McKnight, and Bush Foundations, and published in such anthologies as Black Gay Genius, Colored Contradictions, Staging Gay Lives, and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Lesbian and Gay Black Writers.Branner’s professional life has been defined by a passion for scripting, staging, and performing original drama, and that passion has defined his approach to teaching, as well. His classrooms/studios are marked by a commitment to unearthing each student-artist’s authentic voice through an integration of theatrical disciplines and a challenge to examine the cultural context of their work. He has taught dance, acting, and dramatic writing for more than thirty years in community and academic settings, including City College of San Francisco, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he earned an MA in Creative Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and The New School for Drama, where he earned an MFA in Theatre. Branner is currently Professor of Theater at Hampshire College. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
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Copyright Holder: Djola Branner
Contact: Djola Branner
Djola Branner
Hampshire College School for Interdisciplinary Arts
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002