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Darius Daughtry: Reverie in Black

May 1, 2023

By Jordan Levin

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Teaching and storytelling have always been inseparable for Darius Daughtry.

As a boy growing up in and around Sistrunk, a historic Black Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, a teacher urged Daughtry to write down what he was feeling and experiencing. It started as profane rants about his father, but then became poetry, raps, stories – even soap opera-esque plays he enacted with He-Man action figures and Barbie dolls.

But it wasn’t until Daughtry began teaching in his late 20’s that he discovered his passion. “It was transformational not only for the students but for me – it helped me figure out my path,” Daughtry says. “Utilizing the arts to help students engage began to hone my voice as a writer.” He began writing plays for the drama department at one high school, discovering the power of storytelling as expression for his mostly Black students, disconnected from the narratives they studied. “Teaching forced me to hear so many different perspectives, to sympathize with and analyze all these varied experiences,” he says. “As an artist I still consider myself an educator.”

Since 2015 Daughtry has led the Art Prevails Project, where he and a cohort of artists perform original poetry, music, and theater around South Florida. Friend Vanya Allen, the performer in Alejandro Rodriguez’s 2022 Here & Now piece, and musician/Miami Light Project collaborator Inez Barlatier urged him to apply to Here & Now. “For the longest I’ve been wanting to develop something that’s more solo performance,” he says. “This feels different. I’m excited.”

For Reverie in Black Daughtry, with an upright bass player and DJ, will evoke a deeply personal, yet universal, story. “We explore ideas of personal journeys, but also who gets to dance and frolic and be free,” Daughtry says. “What does that look like for the Black boy that I was and now the 6’2”, 230-pound dark-skinned Black man that I am? To be able to dance and laugh fully, or feel angry and express it, or feel sad and cry. It’s thinking about this existential battle of being free to fully express oneself.”

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Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.