“Gentrified Minds” at Downtown Urban Theater Festival

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 at 10:40 am by

Performance artist Dennis Leroy Kangalee is promoting his new production called Gentrified Minds, which premieres at the ninth annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival on April 22.  In this play, Kangalee “meshes punk, art, and theater” to present the perils of gentrification.  It appears to be a primal ode to the days of yore, before New York City began its descent into a suburban happy meal.

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Here’s the official press release

“Gentrified Minds,” the new play by actor, performance artist, filmmaker and maverick of the New York underground Dennis Leroy Kangalee, will make its stage premier on Friday, April 22nd at the 9th Annual Downtown Urban Theater Festival at 8:45p.m.

An urban horror story for our times, “Gentrified Minds” is one man’s primal scream from the “transformed” sidewalks of New York City, an ode to the days before obnoxious hipsters, Lady Gaga’s monsters and all other pop-culture perils turned New York and its five boroughs into the sub-Urban incarnation it is today.

Channeling his misanthropic alter-ego the Nomad Junkie and featuring his band “The Children of Warhol,” Kangalee – whose past collaborators include such artistic luminaries as The Last Poets and Paul Mooney – blends a musical mish mash of punk, hip hop and jazz to create a provocative satire that our long-lost metropolis has been waiting for.

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