Title: The kNew-Born
Dates of Show: July 18 to August 1, 2021
Online: Fringe Festival KC 2021
Genre: Poetry, Music, Drama, Film
Ratings: Parental Guidance (PG)
Warnings: Adult Language, Other - Drug Use
Run Time: 51 minutes
A New Digital Pathways Production
Known as “The Dean'' of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?
As the prequel to the award-winning solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites viewers to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.
What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?
“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder," writes reviewer Kelly Luck.
"Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange," says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.
"Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders' kNew program is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I've seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance-- don't miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life."
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy
kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders' unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I'm reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in "Equus." An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley
Come see The kNew-Born