United Solo Theatre Festival Presents BROKE WIDE OPEN, 10/24
New York native, Rock WILK, actor, playwright, poet, adoptee and subway "creative" brings his life's work - his play, BROKE WIDE OPEN back home to New York City, from the recently riot-ravaged but resilient London, for the United Solo Theatre Festival, at Theatre ROW, The Studio Theatre, located at 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10003 on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9pm. Written, composed and performed by Rock WILK; Directed by Stephen Bishop Seely; and Production sponsored by Jack Sharkey; BROKE WIDE OPEN, is an evocative, soul baring musical about the true life story of Rock WILK's adoption, identity and search for home.
High energy, honest, and unforgettable, BROKE WIDE OPEN is a poetic and orchestral unveiling of truth with Rock WILK as both maestro and menace. In BROKE WIDE OPEN, Rock WILK, fostered three times and finally adopted as a baby, takes us on a journey where he recounts and relives life changing consequences and decisions. Like martyr, like savior, like rebel without pause, Rock WILK is insistently fighting to enlighten and protect anyone and everyone in his path. A force, a hurricane, a cyclone of well intentioned chaos, Rock WILK is a tempest of love; he is valor and destruction all wrapped up into one. Testing the limits of every relationship in his life, Rock WILK's journey to explore cause, and find home, becomes both incessant and reluctant. Emotionally gripping and spiritually giving, BROKE WIDE OPEN is also hopeful with pockets of laugh out-loud, comedic revelation. Rock WILK's transgressions and triumphs throughout BROKE WIDE OPEN inspire unsolicited introspection; like a mirror and milestone, this theater piece compels many to face themselves and transcend to that which they are open and willing.
"...I want you to know that I'm open
That I'm always receiving
Expectant of nothing
But hoping for something
Praying for an accident
Of the most startling kind..."
-Rock WILK, BROKE WIDE OPEN
"...I am like a bottle thrown into the ocean
with an entire novel stuffed inside
that comes out of me a few pages at a time
usually out of order
so I'm always trying to figure out what goes where
I am a stranger by definition
my first significant moment made me that way..."
-Rock WILK, BROKE WIDE OPEN
Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, creating all of this art while riding the subways of New York City. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet's semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican's national team, Rock WILK was also recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights. He has worked as a studio and touring background vocalist, most recently singing with the legendary Patti LaBelle and contributing vocal and horn arrangements to the Grammy Award winning Les Paul compilation album, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS. Rock's music can also be heard on such TV shows as MTV's "The Real World" and "Making The Band", among others.
For more information, visit www.brokewideopen.com.