When: July 23rd-August 6th. Showing Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
Where: ParkArts Blackbox, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Tickets: Circle Circle dot dot is offering half price tickets to friends of the Jacobs Center. Purchase tickets online at www.circle2dot2.com and enter the promo code JACOBBEST to received tickets for only $10. Each performance time only has 30 spots available for audiences – shows sell out every year, so plan ahead! The Box Office will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of each day.
The Best Goodbye Synopsis
When his best friend stumbles upon the house and recently dead body of a forgotten Motown recording artist, Rudo must decide whether or not to take him up on his offer to rob the place in order to pay for studio time for their own up and coming rap group, THE NATIVES. Besides keeping the body hidden, the crew must also deal with turmoil within the group, unexpected guests, threats to their lives, and the death of a rap icon. Set in the mid 90’s, the golden age of Hip-Hop.
The Best Goodbye (Beats, Crime & Life) is written by Gill Sotu and Directed by Patrick Kelly. It features performances by Andrea Agosto, Kamryn Harris, Robert Malave, Xavier Scott, Javid Wallace, and Wreckless Watson.
“We are so excited to present this fresh and riveting new production by Gill Sotu, who has one of the strongest artistic voices in San Diego. His humor and heart and gift for poetic language thrives in “Best”. We’re presenting it in an incredibly intimate space with gifted new performers and are very excited to share this work with our audiences.” -Katie Harroff, Artistic Director.
Recently, Gill Sotu has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. The San Diego community continues to take notice of Gill’s talent and charisma, as he’s been featured on NBC 7’s Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.
Amidst regular performances, Gill currently serves as the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s artist-in-residence. He also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for the past two years. He finds the creativity and honesty expressed by these elementary through high school students to be an incredibly rewarding experience and reminder of the importance of speaking one’s own truth.
Sotu is a paradigm shifter whose audience feels that he’s speaking to them individually, making a performance to hundreds seem more like an intimate dialogue between close friends. Charismatic and with an ability to adapt to any event, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says ‘thank you’.
His music and poetry can also be heard on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Reverbnation, Spotify.