Superheroes: Meet the Cast #2

Have fun getting to know two more of our Superheroes cast members:
Donald E. Lacy, Jr. and Britney Frazier!

Superheroes Rev

Donald E. Lacy, Jr. is a writer, director, actor, comedian, and radio talk show host, on Saturdays 7AM-12PM on KPOO 89.5 F.M. As a comedian he was inducted into the Bay Area Blues society Hall of Fame in 2013. Stage credits include: 45 city tour of Miles Davis Experience, Solly 2 Kings, Gem of The Ocean, Peoples Temple, Alleluia The Road, Hotel Angulo by Luis Saguar, Fists of Roses, Hairy Ape, Good Person of Szechwan at Berkeley Repertory Theater and The Shelter at Odyssey Theater directed by Valery Belyakovich of Moscow Art Theater. His one-man show Color Struck, now in its 8th year, has played colleges across the country.

Donald plays Rev, a local pastor tangled in the international web of the crack cocaine epidemic.

 

CBT: How did you get involved in the project?
DEL: I interviewed Gary Webb in 2004 before a live audience and writer Sean San José was there. We talked about producing a play about it and that is where the idea was born. Sean has been crafting this masterpiece for 10 years and I know he nailed it. He hit it way out of the park. This is the most important play written in the last 25 years, especially as it relates to the Black community.

Do you think this play (which is set in the 80’s) is still relevant today?
The devastation continues – just look at the neighborhood where Cutting Ball is. The Black community may never recover from the crack cocaine explosion of the 80's. It’s even more relevant to me that those responsible for this plaque – the CIA, DEA, USA – be held accountable for their actions.

How is working on this project changing your perception of the Tenderloin?
It hasn't changed my perception one bit. I know these neighborhoods; I work in these neighborhoods. The play puts these neighborhoods in your face, for those who don't know them.

Can you tell us a bit more about your character? Is there a trait in your character’s personality that you admire?
My character wants everyone to know this story and what [the events in the story have] done to my community. I admire the fact that my character is not afraid to admit his shortcomings as a human being and share that with his congregation. He wants to make sure that others don't fail as he has.

Do you have a favorite quote in the play?
There are too many to narrow it down to one favorite quote, but one of them is "This is being told for them, so that they may know upon what alters our black and brown communities were sacrificed."

 

Superheroes MagnoliaBritney Frazier is an actor, playwright, director and producer. She has performed with Shotgun Players, Campo Santo, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Marin Theater Company. She has written two full length plays, Obeah and SugarWater, which received staged readings at the SF Playhouse, in the Our Voices, Our Stories Staged Reading Festival in 2013 (Which she co-produced) and Brava Theater for Women in May of 2014. Brit most recently performed with the BACCE at Brava in Sweet Maladies.

Britney is playing Magnolia, a survivor of the crack cocaine epidemic who reaches out to a reporter to help uncover the truth.

CBT: How did you get involved in the project?
BF: I became involved with Superheroes through Campo Santo's resident writers lab "La Clika" (and basically stalking Campo Santo). I've wanted to work with these Bay Area living legends for years.

Do you think this play (which is set in the 80’s) is still relevant today?
This play is relevant today because the issue at hand is still relevant. Crack cocaine is still readily available and taking the lives of people who look like me daily. The prison industrial system and the 1% who control it, have and still benefit from the imprisonment of people who look like me for possessing the same Cocaine, chopped and screwed into Crack, that the US government aka the CIA sold them. This is the biggest devastation to the black community in the US since slavery. It’s relevant because it affects my life and those I love daily.

How is working on this project changing your perception of the Tenderloin?
Working on this project, on this block, has given me more compassion for the people whose lives were sacrificed to perpetuate democratic agendas in other countries. Lives were and continue to be lost on both sides while "they, the true other, who act on high" sleep easy.

Can you tell us a bit more about your character? Is there a trait in your character’s personality that you admire?
I play role of Magnolia, Free's other half and gatekeeper to the truth. Magnolia is motivated by guilt because she once played part in Free's operation and she is the only one left witness to the whole truth. To absolve herself to herself, she must give this story light and allow people to find their own way. I admire her strength and passion.

Do you have a favorite quote in the play?
My favorite quote is [the same as Don's, above]: "This is being told for them so that they may somehow know upon what altars our black and brown communities were sacrificed. Amen. This is being told for the tellers too, tell it. The cost of this is lives."

This quote also sticks with me because it’s the heart and reason why this piece is so important: "This set up work? Give you the (superhero like) metaphors of it all so those of you who wants to ignore it can't. Crack, CIA , see…here it go."