NEW BRITAIN-The New Britain Artists Cooperativeâ€™s monthly open mic returns Thursday with host Darlene Brandon.
Brandon, better known to some as Peaches, is a producer, director, actor, poet, playwright and mother.
She established herself as a professional performance poet in 2002, which allowed her to travel and perform across the country.
The following year, she made her acting debut as Orange in Ntozake Shangeâ€™s â€śFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow is Enuf.â€ť
Since then, she has immersed herself in theater by founding a number of organizations. She is the founder and CEO MaPeach Productions, a nonprofit that brings theatrical productions to Greater Hartford.
Brandon has directed several local plays including â€śFor Colored Girlsâ€ť in 2011 and 2017, â€śA Raisin in the Sunâ€ť in 2013 and â€śThe Wizâ€ť in 2012, 2015 and this summer.
She also founded Love Me Tees and is the slam master for the Connecticut slam team, Verbal Slap.â€ť
In addition, Brandon also is one of the long-standing hosts of the Love Jones Experience at the Russell in Downtown Hartford as well as hosting Friday Night Classic at Vibes Uptown in Hartford.
The open mic nights are hosted on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 66, 66 W Main St.
All vocalists, dancers, storytellers, poets and any other performers are encouraged to come by. Music will be provided by J3 Promotions.
For more information, contact Adrian Elliott at the Artistsâ€™ Co-op at 860-881-7801.