BROKE WIDE OPEN

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Festival, Solo Performance, Other
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Written, Performed, Composed by Rock WILK; Directed by Stephen Bishop Seely; Production Sponsored by Jack Sharkey

September 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BROKE WIDE OPEN
by Rock WILK
Presented by the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City
A true story of adoption and one man’s search for identity and home

Theatre ROW/The Studio Theatre | Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9pm

New York, NY - New York native, Rock WILK, actor, playwright, poet, adoptee and subway “creative” brings his life’s work - his play, BROKE WIDE OPEN back home to New York City, from the recently riot-ravaged but resilient London, for the United Solo Theatre Festival, at Theatre ROW, The Studio Theatre, located at 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9pm. Written, composed and performed by Rock WILK; Directed by Stephen Bishop Seely; and Production sponsored by Jack Sharkey; BROKE WIDE OPEN, is an evocative, soul baring musical about the true life story of Rock WILK’s adoption, identity and search for home.

High energy, honest, and unforgettable, BROKE WIDE OPEN is a poetic and orchestral unveiling of truth with Rock WILK as both maestro and menace. In BROKE WIDE OPEN, Rock WILK, fostered three times and finally adopted as a baby, takes us on a journey where he recounts and relives life changing consequences and decisions. Like martyr, like savior, like rebel without pause, Rock WILK is insistently fighting to enlighten and protect anyone and everyone in his path. A force, a hurricane, a cyclone of well intentioned chaos, Rock WILK is a tempest of love; he is valor and destruction all wrapped up into one. Testing the limits of every relationship in his life, Rock WILK’s journey to explore cause, and find home, becomes both incessant and reluctant. Emotionally gripping and spiritually giving, BROKE WIDE OPEN is also hopeful with pockets of laugh out-loud, comedic revelation. Rock WILK’s transgressions and triumphs throughout BROKE WIDE OPEN inspire unsolicited introspection; like a mirror and milestone, this theater piece compels many to face themselves and transcend to that which they are open and willing.

“...I want you to know that I’m open
That I’m always receiving
Expectant of nothing
But hoping for something
Something unforeseen,
Something prodigious
Praying for an accident
Of the most startling kind…”

–Rock WILK, BROKE WIDE OPEN

“…I am like a bottle thrown into the ocean
with an entire novel stuffed inside
that comes out of me a few pages at a time
usually out of order
so I'm always trying to figure out what goes where
I am a stranger by definition
my first significant moment made me that way…”

–Rock WILK, BROKE WIDE OPEN

Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, creating all of this art while riding the subways of New York City. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet's semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican's national team, Rock WILK was also recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights.  He has worked as a studio and touring background vocalist, most recently singing with the legendary Patti LaBelle and contributing vocal and horn arrangements to the Grammy Award winning Les Paul compilation album, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS.  Rock's music can also be heard on such TV shows as MTV's "The Real World" and "Making The Band", among others.

"BROKE WIDE OPEN might just be that WHOLE NEW THING we didn’t even know we were looking for; that place we’re being drawn to for the first time as things warp and splinter, as our notions of how anything at all is CONCEIVED or CREATED (or delivered, distributed, owned and consumed) gasp their last, and we try to figure out WHAT JUST HAPPENED and WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO NEXT, and wonder just WHAT or WHO is going to come along and make perfect sense of (and in) this new context." - Tom Chesek, Upper WET Side

"a shower of words and sounds washes over the viewer, then drains away, leaving their skin pulled and tight with the slippery realization: "no one came lookin' for you ever." i think going to a show like mr. wilk's redefines the experience of going to the theater…" -Michael Raysses, NPR commentator

For media passes, press inquiries & additional materials, please send an email to ebonybrownent@gmail.com.

Contact/ Press Release Source: Ebony Brown | Founder/CEO, Ebony Brown Entertainment | ebonybrownent@gmail.com | 914.410.7474

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FAST FACTS:

WHAT:
BROKE WIDE OPEN Presented by the United Solo Theatre Festival (Ufest)
A true story of adoption and one man’s search for identity and home
Running Time: 2 hours (includes a 10 minute intermission)
(drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, movement, poetry, musical, multimedia)

WHO:
Rock WILK, Playwright, Performer, Composer (www.brokewideopen.com)

Stephen Bishop Seely, Director

Jack Sharkey, Production Sponsor

Ebony Brown, Press Release Contact/Source, ebonybrownent@gmail.com | 914.410.7474

WHEN:
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9pm

WHERE:
Theatre ROW/The Studio Theatre | 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 (between 9th & 10th Ave)
Trains:A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, S and Buses M16, M20, M42 M 104 to Times Square – 42nd Street.

HOW/Tickets :
SOLD OUT - Tickets are $18. Purchase via www.telecharge.com or call 212.239.6200, or the Theatre ROW Box Office. "If you are interested in purchasing tickets for a sold-out performance, check with the Theatre ROW Box Office on the day of the show. Should there be any last-minute returns, tickets will become available on a first-come, first-served basis." Source: http://bit.ly/unitedsolotheatre | For media passes, press inquiries & additional materials, please send an email to Ebony Brown: ebonybrownent@gmail.com.

VIDEO CLIPS:  http://bit.ly/rockwilkblood | http://bit.ly/mybeginnings
COMMENTS: http://bit.ly/rockwilkguestbook | http://bit.ly/rockwilkpress
WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/brokewideopen
UNITED SOLO (Ufest):  http://bit.ly/wilkatunitedsolo

[Photos: Serge Cashman | Design: Ebony Brown]



Cast: Rock Wilk, Rock Wilk
Open:   10/24/11
Close:   10/24/11

Schedule:
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9pm
Theater:   Theatre Row's Studio Theatre
Address:   410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Telecharge at 212-239-6200

An actor, a playwright and a poet, New York City's own Rock WILK is also a socially and politically charged vocalist and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. He creates all of this art while riding the subways of NYC. Along with being a Nuyorican Poet's semifinalist and 2010 runoffs qualifier for The Nuyorican's national team, Rock also was recently a featured performer for Amnesty International at an event for human rights.

He has worked as a studio and touring background vocalist for many years, most recently singing with the legendary Patti LaBelle and contributing vocal and horn arrangements to the Grammy Award winning Les Paul compilation album, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS.Rock's music can also be heard on such TV shows as MTV's "The Real World" and "Making The Band", among others.

For more information and to contact Rock WILK, please visit: www.brokewideopen.com