It’s not everyday that you meet a man who, in less than sixty minutes, reflects every person you once were, attempted to be, tried not to be, or too scared to become.
But George A. Peters II (pictured), aka George 2.0, in his one-man show “Any1man” is, indeed, all of those men during his hour-long stage performance.
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If you were that game-talking brotha who got close to a girl’s heart, but eventually ditched her when things got too serious (e.i., commitment issues) George 2.0 can be that man. And he can also be the 17-year-old former you armed with Skittles and iced tea who got popped yards away from his home by a wannabe cop.
Why You Are “Any1man”
As I sat in the Poets Den Gallery in East Harlem last week awaiting Peters’ entrance on stage, he was, unbeknownst to me, lying on a small flight of stairs less than ten feet away from my seat in full character ready to start the show. The stage light focused on him, a homeless man rising from a night’s slumber on the streets. He began talking with the audience about his college degree (“bet cha wouldn’t think that,” he asked the audience) and how he feels folks see him as an inconvenience.
“Can ya give me 35…45 cents,” he asked us several times during the show.
Check Out Peters Playing “Bishop” from “Any1man” in this YouTube Video Below
Peters says his comfort conversing with audiences and making them a part of the script is a skill he picked up during his thespian days performing in theater programs at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta.
“…A play can be a conversation whether or not that meant walking out into the play with that in mind or whether or not the play was so lose that you could have a conversation with people,” Peters told me during a recent phone interview.
During one part of his performance, he was that dreamer you have deep inside. You know, the one that makes you blush with optimism, yet are too afraid to bring out in public for fear of being viewed as naive. Or, as Obama described during his successful 2008 Presidential campaign, a “hope monger.”