WRITTEN BY CELESTE BEDFORD WALKER
OPENING WEEKEND IS
APRIL 28TH & 29TH
In honor of the Opening Weekend for Camp Logan on April 28th & 29th and running though May 27th, the Robey Blog is featuring one character and actor every week as we count down to the opening weekend for Camp Logan. This "sound-off" will serve as a brief introduction, a kind of insight into the life of the soldier, written from the character's point of view by the actor embodying him in this production.
This week's Sound-Off is from the brother of Private First Class Jacques Honore "Bugaloosa":
|Jacques "Bugaloosa" Honore|
Dorian Christian Baucum (Jacques “Bugaloosa” Honore) is a television, film and theatre actor currently based in Los Angeles. Born in Washington, D.C., Dorian got his first break into acting in the professional theatre playing Henson in a production of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning work A Soldier’s Play. But, it was working as an understudy to the Tony Award winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson on August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean before it when to Broadway that made him want to take his acting career to another level. Working on Wilson's production, he was able to interact with and watch critically acclaimed T.V. and film actors who'd cut their teeth in the American Theatre, like Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Anthony Chisholm, work their chops under the direction of renowned Broadway Director, Kenny Leon.
Within two years of graduating from the University of California, San Diego with an MFA in Acting, he guest starred on CSI: Las Vegas and played Max Gonzalez, a veteran of the War in Iraq suffering from amnesia and post-traumatic stress disorder over a four episode arc on the final season of ER.
His regional theatre credits include: A Soldier's Play, Blue/Orange, Yellowman, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Spell #7, and Raisin, a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. His classical theatre credits include: Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Deception, a play based on Pierre Marivaux's La Fausse Suivante. He has appeared in two Robey Theatre Company productions: The Reckoning and Pity the Proud Ones.
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM DORIAN ON PLAYING BUGALOOSA:
Dorian says, “It is such a great experience working with this cast and crew on Camp Logan. My hat goes off to Celeste Bedford Walker for putting this story onto paper so brilliantly. Bringing black history to the stage is right in alignment with one of the reasons I got into theatre. I want to bring stories of people of color to light. I feel that there are so many stories to be told and so many lessons the world can learn from our rich experience. Jacques “Bugaloosa” Honore is a great character to take on, because of my love for music, my curiosity about Louisiana Creole culture and the challenge of playing someone that has survived such a traumatic experience in his life (an experience revealed in the play).
Bugaloosa is a musician, a mystic (the Virgin Mary is his saving grace), an alcoholic, an honorable soldier and a colored man born in a country that places little if any value at all on his humanity and his manhood. He is a part of a courageous brotherhood of soldiers-Buffalo Soldiers-working to take their place as men. I do not take the mission of bringing him to the stage lightly. It is a gift to be able to learn from him and from all the men that we as actors are working to represent in this production. ”
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
|Dorian has been working with the MUSIC DIRECTOR for CAMP LOGAN and horn player MIKE DAVIS to learn how to play the coronet for the show, here is the fingering for some of the songs.|
Camp Logan is directed by Alex Morris and is a production collaboration with three production companies: Robey Theatre Company, Sparkling City Entertainment, and Juvee Productions.
Camp Logan runs April 28th - May 27th and will be held at the:
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Opening Night and Reception Ticket, April 28th: $50
Preview Performances, April 26th and 27th at 8pm: $15
General Admission: $30
Groups of 10 or more: $20 each