Broken Tables Spoken Word Stage Play Packs Two Shows In Philadelphia
“The Broken Tables” spoken word stage play, by Eli Lu Entertainment in association with S-Type Productions, with Mill Creek Community Partnership, premiered its 2 show event on February 24, 2019. The production packed out two shows with approximately 700 attendees at the Philadelphia International House located at 3717 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The cast consisted of spoken word artist Eli & Lu Bevins, Theresa Tha. Songbird, Pastor Jul and inspirational rapper Brother Hahz. The production was created and directed by Eli and Lu Bevins.
The structure of the play consists of 5 poets playing the roles of various generations within one family from the late 1800s to the present time. The cast uses conversations of spoken word poetry between characters to foster imagery and visuals for the audience to grasp. In short, it’s a “play with words” with minimal props. Attendees also had the opportunity to view the art exhibit, visit vendor tables, concession stand and take group photos at the “dinner table” photo booth.
The show ran for 90 minutes: 60 minutes of showtime, 30 minutes for Q&A and discussion with the cast that allowed audience members to ask questions and share their powerful testimonies of how the play touched them personally. “This has been such a healing for me. As much as I feel whole, I’ve still broken in so many ways. It brought tears to my eyes. God bless you all. You have such a phenomenal art, so please don’t let it stop here”, one attendee stated during the Q&A. “I had to bring my family. They all agreed that we could relate to this stage play. I had a great time; didn’t expect the stella play to touch a nerve. Great Job! Loved it.” a male attendee stated in a post on facebook.
After the play, the production team and cast received much praised and positive feedback for their meaningful messages about the family through the use of spoken word. “I absolutely enjoyed it and can’t wait to see this taken on tour because so many families need to see this masterpiece. It will most certainly change the way you look at family!” another attendee expressed during the Q & A at the first show. The production does plan to tour with the play but is making plans to host another show in Philadelphia, PA before traveling.