NEW YORK (September 4, 2014) – Rising actor/playwright ERIC LOCKLEY is back on stage inspiring young urban audiences to get healthy, discover themselves and dream big; all in three different shows.
- SEPT 13th – “Asking For More” at The Apollo’s Healthy Soul Festival in Harlem
- SEPT 26th – “Game On!” at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta
- OCT 24th – “How We Got On” at Cleveland Playhouse in Cleveland
On September 13th, Lockley brings his original one-man show, “ASKING FOR MORE,” to New York City’s famed Apollo Theater for a special performance at the Healthy Soul Festival. Learning about nutrition & fitness throws, "know-it all", Kalen Carter (Lockley) for a loop. With his own eating habits suddenly in question, Kalen’s interactions with a bevy of characters lead him to discover the courage to not just know it all, but to take action. With the support of Harlem Stage’s Fund for New Work grant, Lockley developed the show with director Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Arts Programming at The National Black Theatre. This unique show mixes facts, comedy and high-energy performance to expose the complex issues of health and diet in urban communities.
Then, Lockley heads to the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, starring in the premiere of “GAME ON,” on September 26th & 27th at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College. This theater piece for young audiences follows its hero, a young girl who ends up inside a video game and learns that virtual reality is no match for real life. Created by middle school students, this new hip-hop theater work is co-commissioned by Hi-ARTS, the National Black Arts Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Later this fall, Lockley is set to star in famed playwright Idris Goodwin’s “HOW WE GOT ON,” at the Cleveland Playhouse running October 24th – November 16th. It’s 1988 in an upper-class Midwest suburb. Teens Hank (Lockley) and Julian live and breathe hip-hop while their peers would rather rock. Determined to create the ultimate suburban rap song, the duo forges ahead through unconvinced parents and the highs and lows of friendship. “How We Got On” takes us on an uplifting lyrical journey of dreaming big and discovering your voice.
Lockley is excited to bring all three of these stories to life, adding, “Through my work I want to encourage young people to be ambitious and to value a diligent work ethic. All three of these pieces highlight that things don’t always come easily but with self-determination, hard-work and faith so many things are possible.”
These latest shows continue to showcase Lockley’s talents as a leader among a new generation of artists, bringing stories about the African-American community to the stage. Earlier this year, Lockley starred in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley's new play “BLACK ODYSSEY,” alongside Tony Award Winner Cleavant Derricks, Tony Todd, Brenda Pressley and Shamika Cotton. He was also honored to team up with MPAACT Theater Company in Chicago in the spring, premiering his original play, “WITHOUT TRACE.” And over the summer he played the lead in a short film entitled, “Knockout Game”, about a group of teens who must learn the consequences of knocking out unsuspecting strangers. “Knockout Game” written & directed by Jamal Hodge will hit the festival circuit in the winter.
Lockley’s talents have recently earned him an Obie Award, a Theatre Hall of Fame Fellowship Grant and a National Theatre Conference Emerging Professional Award amongst other awards and honors. This Harlem resident and Randallstown, Maryland native is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA and a double major in Africana Studies. He is a performer, playwright and producer within The Movement Theatre Company and the producing collective, Harlem 9. As an Actor his credits include appearing on MTV’s television pilot “Failosophy,” a half-hour, studio-based panel show featuring the internet's biggest fails.
For more information about ERIC LOCKLEY visit: www.EricLockley.com
photograph by: Christine Jean Chambers