Derek Schwabe recently re-located to New York City from Washington, DC. A New Jersey native, Derek has always valued music and theater, with his own stage experience equally divided between drama and choral performance. Elated to have Broadway World as a creative outlet, he writes and designs for the global development nonprofit, Synergos, by day.
'He was not.' A grieving grandmother repeatedly belts that powerful phrase across the audience from the opening scene of 'Brownsville Song (b-side for tray)'-an emphatic repudiation of the 10 second newsflash that has gutted the soul out of her dead grandson, Tray (Sideeq Heard). Another young, black life cut short on the jagged streets of Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood--same old story that flashes across TV screens and dots the local section of newspapers every day. But he, she insists, was not. Was not what? The phrase is never fully finished, but as 'Brownsville Song' plays on, you find yourself wondering less about what Tray wasn't, and reveling more in what he was.