Bronx Gothic

USA / 2017 / 91 minutes / NR

From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, The First Monday in May) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui – who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor – fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

  • Director

    Andrew Rossi

  • Producer

    Okwui Okpokwasili
    Andrew Rossi

  • Cast

    Okwui Okpokwasili
    Ralph Lemon

  • “In 2014, I saw Okpokwasili in her piece Bronx Gothic, and the top of my head blew off. A tour de force."

    — Hilton Als, The New Yorker
  • “A mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing solo piece… Okpokwasili in motion is a sight to behold."

    — Tim Murphy, The New York Times
  • "Mr. Rossi honors the fullness of her live performances... while illuminating the relationships, in particular between daughters and mothers, that orbit her process."

    — Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
  • “No matter what she does, Okwui Okpokwasili is riveting.”

    The New Yorker
  • “An unforgettable performance.”

    — Carolina Miranda, The Los Angeles Times
  • "A tour de force one-woman show… Okpokwasili is quite simply a virtuoso, an exquisite singer, speaker, writer, mover, a siren who draws us to danger."

    — Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune
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