Wá Wö (“Come Watch” in Yoruba), is a series of projects and events organized by artist Sam Ero-Phillips in response to Pillsbury House Theatre and The Mount Curve Company’s co-production of Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, playing September 12 – October 5 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater.
Wa Wo consists of four parts:
A publication inspired by the play that will guide Pillsbury House Theatre neighbors to the Guthrie Theatre for this production.
A residency with students in the Black Box Theatre program at Wahsburh High School to create an original performance.
Pop-up Performance: Friday, Sept. 26 (Time TBA)
at Cafe Southside (3405 Chicago Ave S)
The Washburn students will present their original performance and lead a discussion on topics addressed in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.
Bike to the Guthrie: Friday, Sept. 19 at 6:45 pm and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 6:15 pm
Meet at Pillsbury House Theatre (3501 Chicago Ave S) with your bike and appropriate safety gear (don’t forget your lights–it will be dark when we return) for a group bike ride to the Guthrie Theatre to see Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Buy your tickets in advance (guthrietheatre.org or 612-377-2224). We will be staying for the post-show discussion on Sunday, Sept. 28th. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.
From a young age, Sam developed an interest in exploring society through visual arts. He was born in North Minneapolis and spent his early childhood years in Nigeria with his family. His passion for visual arts as a child matured into a desire to analyze society by studying architecture and studio arts as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. For his Master’s thesis project in the architecture department at the University of Illinois, Sam developed a mixed use primary school and community center in Igbogun village in Ogun state, Nigeria, to promote job creation using sustainable design. Sam was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to pursue his research in 2010 and started a doctorate in Sustainable Development at the University of Lagos in 2011 to help him establish a micro-business at the educational facility and allow his project to serve as a case study for other villages within the region. Sam has used comics as a tool to document his creative process and published his first full length graphic novel in 2007. He has also worked as a freelance architect since 2009, as the Environmental Design Instructor at Juxtaposition Arts since 2012 and as a Creative City Making Artist with Intermedia Arts in 2013.