Acclaimed journalist Jerry Quickley tells the sweat-inducing tale of his travels to Iraq where he visited as an un-embedded reporter before, during and after the war’s “shock and awe” campaign. A fixture on the international hip-hop theatre scene, Quickley bridges spoken word traditions with his boundary-breaking performance poetry. In Live From the Front, he channels uncensored and previously unheard Iraqi voices gathered from ordinary people on the street and the bustling café culture he discovered while dodging government minders. Combining music, video, and grand-slam performance, this resilient “B-Boy in Baghdad” exhorts fellow citizens to a compassionate understanding of an impossible situation that is both more distant and closer than we imagine.
Jerry Quickley grew up in New York during hip-hop’s ascendancy and began emceeing when he was eleven. He is a popular radio host of Beneath the Surface on KPFK in Los Angeles and a producer for Pacifica Radio. His poetry has won three Los Angeles Poetry Grand Slam competitions and has been widely published in magazines, anthologies and newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, and The Village Voice. Quickley also runs two spoken word series and a poetry workshop for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles.
A Hip-Hop Theatre Festival On Tour Production. Live from the Front was developed and first produced by Center Theater Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2006. Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director.