Inspired by Roger Williams, Bill T. Jones and Everett Stage and School, New and Dangerous Ideas is the world premiere play by internationally known poet, Christopher Johnson. A multi media experience, New and Dangerous Ideas challenges ideas of criminalizing race and expatriating police while humanizing statistics by using personal stories of several members of different communities intersected with spoken word poetry, framed in music, dance and video.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON:
An internationally known Poetry Slam champion, Christopher is known for his constant evolving style that without complaint, combines the experience discord of his past, the wisdom of now and the hope of the future to give voice to a universal message of human spark that connects us all. Using the intricate combination of academia, hip hop, traditional story telling, theater, and just plain old common sense, Christopher provides a soulful, uplifting experience guaranteed to move his audience through several states of equilibrium, challenging the listener to remain in an emotional stagnant state. He organizes spoken word events, gives workshops on writing, performing, and public speaking, as well as growth and empowerment for youth and adults through words. He has been an active community member of Brown University’s student spoken word/poetry organization “Word!” since since 2006. In 2010, Christopher was commissioned by Providence’s Department of Art Culture and Tourism to write the poem “Providence Divine to commemorate the city’s 375th birthday and by Brown University in 2012 in celebration of the the inauguration of the university’s 19th president.