MOTHER’S MILK, A BLUES & GOSPEL RIFF IN THREE ACTS
Written by Wayne Harris
Music composed and arranged by Randy Craig & John McArdle
Directed by David Ford
January 2 – January 31 | Berkeley
Saturdays & Sundays at 5pm
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“A moving, thoughtful tale…Gorgeously sung…Pure bliss.” — Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate
“Music, memory meld magically in ‘Mother’s Milk.’ Whether he’s channeling various characters or just singing as himself, he mesmerizes.”” — SF Examiner
“Mother’s Milk”, is a Blues and Gospel riff on faith, doubt and unconditional Love. It is a collaboration between award winning storyteller, Wayne Harris and Bay Area music icon Randy Craig. Directed by David Ford, this piece through story and song chronicles a young man’s journey to a true understanding of the gifts and lessons from a mother we all wish we had.
Wayne Harris, singer/storyteller – Randy Craig, piano – John McArdle, bass
Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum
innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has
accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 5 full length
plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as
well as various musical projects.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Harris’ work has often centered on his
childhood, as in his first play “Mother’s Milk” which ran in San Francisco for 14
weeks and won awards in Canada at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. A
powerful piece that combined an homage to his mother, and a nuanced picture of
St. Louis during the early days of the civil rights movement.
In “Train Stories”, he turned to fiction, drawing a portrait of the south and the
struggle of African-Americans railroad workers post WWII. This play met critical
acclaim and had a very successful run at The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco, one
of the nation’s premier venues for solo performance.
His third play “The May Day Parade” saw a return to his autobiographical writing
and included a textured story about his first love: drum and bugle corps, as well as
his childhood battle with polio and a vibrant rendering of a St. Louis African-
American institution, the May Day Parade.
Invited by the US State Department to present a piece commemorating the 50th
Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” , Wayne
travelled to the Middle East to perform “The Letter; Martin Luther King at the
Crossroads” to Palestinian students, storytellers and children’s reading advocates
in such places as Jerusalem, Jericho, Ramallah and a special performance for
Consul General Michael Ratney and his guests at the Consulate General of
During all of this, Wayne Harris has been involved with some of the country’s best
pageantry groups. He has taught and directed many world class drum and bugle
corps, winterguards and band programs throughout the nation, adjudicates
pageantry events and currently offers performance workshops to all types of youth
performing groups. Wayne is currently the “performance coach” for the 3 time
World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard.
Wayne has been working with the highly acclaimed San Francisco Marsh Youth
Theater (MYT) as director and creator of original performance projects for
Wayne also holds the position of Teaching Artist and Master Storyteller working
with Stagebridge and Young Audiences of Northern California, sharing the process
of storytelling with 4th and 5th graders during the 2013/2014 school year. For more information on performances and programs offered by Wayne Harris,
please visit www.waynethestoryteller.com
Tickets: $20-$35 Sliding Scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seats
January 2 – January 31
Saturdays & Sundays at 5pm
75 mins | No Intermission | Ages 15 + | Please Do Not Bring Infants
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