2 The Left: A Tribute to the Life of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes is a fiscally sponsored artist project of C4 Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts service organization.
2 The Left: A Tribute to the Life of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Dedicated 2 THE LEFT in us. What would you fight for? What would you live for? What will your legacy be…. Written and performed by Kerisse Hutchinson, 2 THE LEFT: A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF LISA “LEFT EYE” LOPES is an inspiring, audience interactive, multimedia, play filled with music, dance, and heart that follows the spiritual journey of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, controversial member of the 90s Atlanta-bred highest-selling girl group of all time TLC, who tragically died at 30 years old while on a spiritual journey in Honduras. The show spotlights a modern-day music trailblazer whose influence helped shape Atlanta’s entertainment industry. Not only are audiences encouraged to clap, dance and sing along, the show compels them to connect and interact with each other while inspiring them to begin listening to their inner voices and follow their own unbeaten paths.
2 THE LEFT is a 2018 winner of Synchronicity Theatre’s Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project and had two free, sold-out, stripped down lab presentations. This summer it is being brought back as a Stripped Bare Alumni for an exciting fully staged production at Synchronicity Theatre in the heart of midtown Atlanta.
Battling unnerving premonitions of death, Lisa invites fans to listen to her upcoming solo album “Supernova” being released the following day; the day of her expected demise. Through her music, Lisa reveals pivotal moments and people in her life including rapper Tupac Shakur, Atlanta Falcon’s Andre Rison (whose house she infamously burned down), and herbalist Dr. Sebi. As audiences are transported from her studio in Atlanta, to her birth home in Philadelphia, to Honduras the site of her fatal car crash, Lisa shares her radical philosophies on life, death, and the importance of watching what we feed our bodies, minds, and spirits. “I’m not here to change what people think of me. I’m here to change what people think of themselves.”
Noting Kerisse and Lisa’s uncanny likeness, many suggested she consider telling Lisa’s story. Kerisse soon found herself more fascinated with Lisa the artist than her celebrated art. In writing the piece, she compiled research and interviewed Lisa’s family and closest friends who’ve become great supporters of the play. She also visited Lisa’s birth home in Philadelphia and traveled to Honduras. There, she witnessed first-hand the beauty and spirit of the land and people Lisa had come to love. Honduras also served as an unexpected catalyst for her own personal journey of acceptance, healing, and renewed faith months after her little sister’s passing.
2 THE LEFT is supported by Lisa Lopes’ family and Lisa’s brother Ronald Lopes says, “I can confidently tell you, there is no one I feel is more dependable, loyal and hard-working than her with a vision and determination to convey my sister’s story. Her extensive research and continual enthusiasm, motivation and dedication to telling Lisa’s story is met with encouragement and support from not only myself, but also by other members of my family as well.” The play was honored to have its first public reading during the summer of 2017 when the script was an A-List winner of “National Black Theatre Festival” Reading Series (Winston-Salem, NC). It was also the 2018 winner of Synchronicity Theatre’s Stripped Bare Series (Atlanta, GA) and in January 2018 had two free sold-out presentations with minimal technical elements to help develop the script and begin putting the shows various elements together.
This summer’s premiere of the full production of 2 THE LEFT at Synchronicity Theatre in midtown Atlanta will feature top of the line writing, performances, direction, dramaturgy, choreography, new musical compositions, and the addition of integral projection designs by renowned Atlanta-based artists writer/performer Kerisse Hutchinson (award-winning actress, dancer, and writer), director Thomas W. Jones, II (award-winning director of over 200 plays worldwide and co-founder of Atlanta’s 20 year old theater company Jomandi Productions), dramaturg Addae Moon (Atlanta History Center’s Meet the Past Theater Director), choreographer Victor Jackson (choreographer for Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson, Kandi Burruss, BET, BRAVO, and HBO), music supervisor Rico Wade (acclaimed songwriter/producer and co-founder of Organized Noize, producer of TLC’s Grammy-nominated “Waterfalls”), and Washington D.C. based projection designer Robbie Hayes (acclaimed designer of over 300 shows worldwide). 2 THE LEFT is iconic Left Eye—a show everyone wants and needs to see and experience!
Begins: April 19, 2019
Ends: April 30, 2020