Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Spotlight On...Meshaun Labrone

Name: Meshaun Labrone

Hometown: Miami, Florida 305, baby!

Education: BFA in Theatre from Florida International University

Favorite Credits: Sterling in Two Trains Runnin with The M Ensemble theatre company in Miami, Florida.

Why theater?: Because its living art. I love that!

Tell us about Power! Stokely Carmichael: POWER! is a play that touches on the Black Power movement and the young man that brought this movement to the forefront. It also introduces people that were influential to bringing the movement about including an old shop worker that witnessed a lynching as child to an white segregationist that believed that having sex with black female minors is not a crime at all.

What inspired you to write Power! Stokely Carmichael?: The lynching of Trayvon Martin inspired me to write this play.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Theatre of the Absurd is my inspiration. Samuel Beckett, David Mamet, August Wilson, Daniel Day Lewis, Prince and Denzel Washington are artist that are my biggest inspiration.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Susan Lori Parks, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Daniel Day Lewis.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Mine

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: In a movie about me, I would play me.

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Vanilla/Chocolate milkshake.

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be ____?: a doctor.

What’s up next?: A new one man show called, SPOOK. It will be about a police officer that turned into an Active Shooter, killing 4 fellow officers. The play takes place an hour before his execution.