An Educational Solo Show Encouraging Health Consciousness In Kids
Learning about nutrition & fitness suddenly throws, "know-it all" Kalen Carter for a loop.
As he becomes inspired to take his community's wellness into his own hands, Kalen must discover that knowing it all means nothing if you don't take action. Asking For More uses comedy, facts and a bevy of wacky characters to encourage us ALL to make healthy choices.
Actor/Writer Eric Lockley began developing Asking For More with director Jonathan McCrory after a 10 day juice fast that changed his life. After an initial performance at the Globesity festival in NYC, Lockley was encouraged to continue developing the piece.
With the support of Harlem Stage’s Fund for New Work Grant, Lockley focused on preparing the show for young audiences so that young people might be inspired to re-consider their relationship to food. Since that time Lockley has performed for various schools, youth-based organizations and theaters including City Kids, Harlem School of the Arts and the Apollo Theatre's Healthy Soul Festival. Access to quality foods and health education continue to be hot topics that Asking For More is bringing to the forefront. With this show Lockley seeks to remind us that with education and awareness ALL communities can stand up to the challenge of living a healthy, fulfilling life.
Meet the characters in Asking For More.
"Food will either heal you or harm you. I've got knowledge that can help people live a better life, so I've got to say something!"
"Workin' out gives you confidence. It gives you swag!"
"Ya gotta have WILL POWER. Ya gotta have DISCIPLINE. Let's get MOVIN'!"
"No matter where you are or whose around you gotta represent that you care. Care beyond yourselves."
"If you're not happy, I've got a meal for you . . ."
ERIC LOCKLEY is a Harlem, NYC based actor, playwright, and producer. As an an actor Eric has been featured on TV programs and films on HBO, BET and MTV.
Stage credits include Choir Boy, How We Got On, the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's black odyssey at Denver Center, The Colored Museum, The Winter's Tale and SPUNK.
As a writer his one acts include Blacken the Bubble, an “affirmative action comedy” that examines identity politics in the workplace (received a workshop production in Harlem in 2012) and Without Trace, a conspiracy theory thriller about an inner city family experiencing the mysterious return of a missing child. Eric has also written and performed two solo shows: Last Laugh (NYU-ETW, LaMaMa Etc., PS122), which explores what happens when two black performers begin to confuse performance and reality, and Asking For More (Theater for the New City, Harlem Stage), a show that looks at eating habits and health issues in urban communities. Short plays include, The Sad Secret Sex Life of Steve Urkel (The Fire This Time Festival), S.O.S. Please Somebody Help Me (The Movement Theatre Company), and Process of Elimination (Ugly Rhino Productions). The non- profit organization Caring Across Generations commissioned Eric to write a PSA for the launch of their new campaign. Eric’s contribution entitled, “My Harlem” was performed by Tony nominated actress/writer Micki Grant. In 2012 Eric was honored to receive awards for his work from both the Theatre Hall of Fame and The National Theatre Conference, and in 2014 he became an OBIE award winner. As a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a founding member of two theater organizations -The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem 9 - Eric continues to commit himself to creating and sharing the wonderfully diverse stories of his community. www.ericlockley.com