Through the Night is the story of six interconnected black males ages 10 – 60: a child scientist, a young man from the projects on his way to college, an ex-convict, a corporate executive, a health food store owner, and the Bishop of a mega church – and the people who love them as they make it Through the Night. They all experience an unexpected phenomenon on the same evening that changes their lives forever and challenges them to tackle issues of education, addiction, finance, and mental & physical health. Featuring Obie Award Winner Daniel Beaty’s unique blend of music, poetry, comedy, & drama, Through the Night is an urgent, timely story of possibility and hope. The performance is 80 minutes and can be performed with two armless chairs and basic house lighting.
Daniel Beaty is an award winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. His critically acclaimed solo play Emergency (formerly Emergence-SEE!) directed by Kenny Leon ran off-Broadway to a sold-out, extended run at The Public Theater in the fall of 2006. For this production, he received the 2007 Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing & Performing and the 2007 AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. New York Magazine awarded him a 2007 Culture Award for Best in Theater. Daniel has toured Emergency nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First Award for the best new writer at the Edinburgh Festival and was presented with a Lamplighter Award from the Black Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. In February 2008, he received two Helen Hayes Award nominations for the best in theater in Washington D.C. and in June 2008, he was the winner of the Unique Theatrical Experience Award from the New Jersey Star Ledger for his production at the Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In the spring of 2008, Emergency had a sold-out seven-week engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. This production was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards including Best Actor.
“Did I say the monologue was seamless? It was brilliant.”
– Suzie Brozman, The Jewish Times
“He remains a moving and eloquent performer, fully convinced of the power of theater to heal hearts and change lives.”
– Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution