Fuerza Bruta Wayra is quickly becoming another mainstay in downtown Manhattan. Much like its predecessors, Fuerza Bruta and De La Guarda, the show promises to take audience members on a wild theatrical experience. From pounding drums to dancing in the rain to a mysterious actor running on a treadmill to loud, pulsating music, Wayra is a high-adrenaline time at an off-Broadway venue.
One of the people responsible for the crazed theatrics is Brooke Miyasaki, an alumna of the Fuerza Bruta franchise, having performed in variations of the shows for several years. Recently Miyasaki spoke with Hollywood Soapbox about her time in the immersive spectacle, plus working with creator Diqui James, the difference between weekday and weekend theatergoers and finding inspiration in the wonder of it all.
Renaissance, the progressive rock band that has been touring and producing music for decades, has seen its fair share of triumphs and emotional setbacks. Lead singer Annie Haslam, who is also a successful artist, has weathered many storms, perhaps none more tragic than when she lost her longtime musical partner, Michael Dunford, in 2012. Since then, the band has rebounded with a new album, Symphony of Light, and a couple new tours. Haslam continues to carry the Renaissance flag for fans and future generations.