New Year and Vision “I, Too, Sing America”, SFBATCO’s Award Winning Play Is Back by Popular Demand

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The show is suitable for all audiences, who are open to the soulful symphony that is I, TOO, SING AMERICA.

Creative Team:C. Chung, O. Jefferson, J.Yuen Shore



“Research shows the psychological benefits of looking forward to something is helpful! “

SFBATCO’S AWARD-WINNING I, TOO, SING AMERICA, filled with inspiration, hope, and drama, gives a full view of the BIPOC experience beyond pain and oppression. The vibrant and hopeful I, TOO, SING AMERICA hits the BRAVA Theater Center stage in San Francisco from January 28th-February 13th, 2022. Research shows that it is the spark of inspiration that gives us something to look forward too. In a class of its own, the show is for all audiences, who are ready for the soulful symphony of poetry, music, and movement that is I, TOO, SING AMERICA.

A theater ticket to I, TOO, SING AMERICA is a great way to put a positive event on the calendar for the New Year. Dr. Brenda Wade , is an internationally recognized relationship expert, psychologist and author. She recently spoke out about the importance of theater and art. Dr. Brenda Wade stated that art is the expression and healing of the soul. Theater was the first form for psychological healing on the earth.

As the Omicron variant has emerged, the Huffington Post article “The Psychological Benefits of Having Things to Look Forward To (…)” is worth a revisit as experts reinforce the message of forward thinking and action. Research suggests that mindfulness and living in the moment can improve happiness. “However, during particularly stressful moments in time, like our current pandemic, it can be more beneficial to have something to look forward to,” said Atlanta therapist LeNaya Smith Crawford.

” I, TOO, SING AMERICA is fun, vibrant, thoughtful, intriguing and exhilarating-just to give a few adjectives,” said Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Broadway actor and Co-founder of SFBATCO with Co-founder Marcelo Javier. “I had a great interview with Melissa Culross of KCBS Radio that aired Christmas Day, and I was able to underscore that our SFBATCO team has hired over 20 cast members getting artists back to work, and incorporated the work of African American, Latino and Chinese American poets. This is good economic news mixed with an inspirational message. “

I, TOO, SING AMERICA, conceived, and musically composed by Othello Jefferson, is directed by Jamie Yuen-Shore, with movement direction by Christine Chung. It is an inclusive song about America. Celebrating the diversity of BIPOC American life featuring an ensemble of 20 performers from a variety of backgrounds, I, TOO, SING AMERICA brings the poetry of great American authors such as Langston Hughes, Frances Chung, and Vince Gotera to life through original music and contemporary dance. The dominant narrative in mainstream media is focused on the oppression, misery and hardship of the BIPOC experience. It is hard to see ambition, success, tradition, joy and love. I, TOO, SING AMERICA gives a perspective beyond the normal limited narrative.

” When selecting and curating poems for this piece, our team carefully considered the themes and topics we wanted to highlight, with the goal to embrace and champion representation in all aspects of the process and product,” stated Jamie Yuen–Shore Director. We wanted works that resonated with our sensibilities, especially those moments and ideas that we can relate to. “

Born out of inspiration from Othello Jefferson, I, TOO, SING AMERICA, began as a love letter for his two daughters to show that their lives can be as large as the creation in which they were born. In the 2018-2019 season, the play won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Best Musical, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Choreography.

I, TOO, SING AMERICA, puts a song in your heart to inspire you over and over again. Get your tickets now for this sold-out show. Ticket prices range from a family-friendly $15-$40. Tickets are still available. Click here for your tickets to inspiration, joy, hope and more:

SFBATCO is a member of the Bay Area Arts Together ( Campaign. SFBATCO is a member of Bay Area Arts Together. This campaign promotes the importance of the arts to the Bay Area’s culture, economy and performers. SFBATCO is one of Over 100 arts and cultural organizations ( from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that have joined forces to create #BayAreaArtsTogether to build confidence for the safe and healthy return to in-person performances, exhibits, and events.

Photo: I, TOO, SING AMERICA Creative Team: Christine Chung (Choreographer),
Othello Jefferson (Music Composer), Jamie Yuen-Shore (Director)



SFBATCO, a Black, LatinE, & Asian led non-profit organization, produces compelling theater that builds community, fosters cross-cultural dialogue, promotes social justice and authentically reflects the experiences of communities of color and LGBTQIA+ people. Our theatre productions focus on social justice issues from an inter-cultural perspective. They present affirmative, non-stereotypical representations for individuals and communities who are fearful or marginalized because of their race, gender, religion, or sexual preference.

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