In a follow up to yesterday’s interview with Devin Anderson about Trustus Theatre’s production of Sunset Baby, we put the same questions to director and designer, Bakari Lebby.
Sunset Baby runs tonight through Saturday. Don’t miss it.
Why Sunset Baby?
i mean, nina is her mother’s “sunset baby”. i think she wants better for her daughter. she wants her daughter to get the sunset she never got have. or maybe the sunset she was working towards.
Why is this an important story to tell now?
it’s real. it feels real. it feels honest. it’s heartbreaking, and funny, and scary, and uncomfortable, and real. in my opinion, if we aren’t creating art like this, we aren’t going to get anywhere. we have to produce difficult art.
i hope that people see it, enjoy it, talk about it, and continue to support black art, queer art, queer black art. this is a play written by a stellar black playwright. we need more of that. her work deserves to be produced. i hope that the success of this production helps us and more artists of color have opportunities to create. theatre and art are both very serious to me and the cast and crew of this production.
Who needs to see this?
everybody? as many people as can comfortably and legally fit into the richard and debbie cohn side door theatre for the remaining performances. i think it’s important! the show is lit! we crushed it, honestly. the set is great, the technical work is awesome! it might be some of the strongest tech we’ve done in the side door space. we worked our asses off on this show. we spent hours and hours of additional work time just making sure things looked and felt right. and we are proud! it worked out! come see!
What is your role in production.
i am the director, sound designer and projection/video designer!
What is your inspiration?
this is a rough question. i am hella inspired by my immediate family, young black creatives like issa rae, solange knowles, ryan coogler, barry jenkins, tarrell alvin mccraney, younger black creatives like earl sweatshirt, vince staples, amara la negra, sza. i want more young black queer voices in the conversation space. we keep patting ourselves on the back for the strides we’ve made, but there are more strides to be made. that’s a lot of my inspiration. rap, rock, punk, soul, and everything in between. oh! and locally, terrance henderson, chad henderson, walter graham, jocelyn sanders, mary beth gorman, kendrick marion, mario mcclean, jabar hankins, chris jackson, katrina blanding, kanika moore, devin anderson, raj karottukunnel, and larry davoll.