The Franklin Stage Company will host two solo performances by multi-award winning actor-musician-poet David Gonzalez today and Saturday.
At 8 p.m. today, Gonzalez will perform "Mytholojazz." Two stories mingle in this piece. First, in a jazz-infused journey into the underworld, Gonzalez plays a modern-day Orpheus who scats, swings and serenades his way through a gauntlet of ordeals in search of his beloved Eurydice. In the second story, a mash-up folktale drawn from South Korea and Ethiopia, with a smattering of Gonzalez' own Bronx history, a stepmother struggles to build her new family. Peppered with street vernacular and modern-day references, Gonzalez brings these ancient stories to life. This evening performance is suitable for children, but created for adults and families.
Then, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Gonzalez will present "Aesop Bops!" suitable for all. This show, with audience participation, features Aesop's classic stories including "The Lion and the Mouse," "The Fisherman and His Wife," and "The Turtle's Shell."
Gonzalez has played to sold-out houses at festivals and theaters all over the world. He is the recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence. In 2010 Gonzalez was named a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow. He was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience."
Admission is free but donations are accepted, and reservations are recommended. Call 829-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FSC is in Chapel Hall at 25 Institute St. in Franklin, opposite Franklin Central School. For more information about FSC, Chapel Hall and this 18th season, visit www.franklinstagecompany.org.