Carl Hancock Rux

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American performer, writer and artist

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According to Wikipedia, Carl Hancock Rux is an American poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, recording artist, journalist, curator, and social practice installation artist. Described in the NY Times as "a breathlessly inventive multimedia artist" focused on "art, race, memory and power," [1] Rux began his professional career as a writer with the play Song of Sad Young Men, at the Producer's Club Theater on West 44th St. in New York City. Directed by Tony award-winning actress Trazana Beverley and starring Isiah Washington, the play toured nationally. His most successful play is the OBIE Award-winning play, Talk, produced at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, starring actor Anthony Mackie. Rux is also the author of several books, including the Village Voice Literary Prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta, the novel, Asphalt, and is well-known as a recording artist, having made his first album Rux Revue and five albums on various labels since. He appears as a frequent collaborating artist, most notably on Gerald Clayton's album Life Forum[2] and as co-author of the staged incarnation of Steel Hammer by Julia Wolfe, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-nominated work, created with Anne Bogart.[4] Rux is the author/performer of the Lincoln Center commissioned experimental short poetic film The Baptism, a tribute to civil rights activists John Lewis and C. T. Vivian, directed by Carrie Mae Weems with whom he also toured nationally as a co-writer and performer in the photographer's multi-media work, Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which premiered at the Spoleto Festival and the Yale Repertory Theatre, supported in part by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School; had a national tour and its world premiere at the Kennedy Center.

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