Movement and rhythm were always at its heart, so virtuoso pianist Matt Clark was brought on as composer to create an original score. This is the late 60’s and early 70’s, and all the genres that move the period – rock, blues, Latin, jazz — bring color and motion to the narrative of a Nuyorican displaced on Long Island.
In My Corner was first workshopped in San Francisco and Oakland — at Intersection for the Arts, the new Black Box, and Delancy Street – where local papers called it “a knockout”… “electrifying”… “infectious”… “a tour-de-force.” The considerable talent and nimble skill of film director Jeremiah Chechik helped to give the work a new form and focus. IN MY CORNER premiered at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, California, in a nine-week run from September 6 through November 3, 2013. From 2014 until 2020 In My Corner was presented in theatres, opera houses and other venues in the US and Europe, from Paris and St. Petersburg Russia, to the Delaware Water Gap and San Quentin Prison.
In My Corner has also been presented in local high schools, where students assist with production activities such as lighting, sound, organizing the production space, and staging. The students actively engage in Q-and-As, critiques, and classroom sessions about how the work is developed and how a personal story can be translated into movement and narrative for an audience. Dancing and movement encourages the students to participate in physical exercise in a fun and exuberant way. The response in schools has always been high enthusiasm and intense engagement.