South Florida’s most prolific poetry group in their first full presentation
April 26, 2016
MIAMI LAKES, FL: Solo, duet, and trio combinations of poetry and performance will come together when Chaos Theory: Unbroken is performed at the Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes, on May 20th and 21st. Conundrum Stages will present the prominent poetic ensemble in an exciting stand-alone showcase of material the group has composed since its inception in 2008.
Chaos Theory is a collective comprised of several of South Florida’s most dynamic spoken word artists. The group was created in 2008 by poets Mr. Rigz (Reagan Mendoza) and Raff Adams (Adam Freilich). It has since grown with the addition of Flow Diva (Rachel Finley), Anon De-Evolution (Jean Marcellot), and Mori Taiye. Raff Adams left the group in early 2011.
Conundrum Stages and Chaos Theory’s relationship began in 2009 when the group contributed to a variety showcase in Oakland Park. They have also been the anchor team for Conundrum Stages’ annual poetry event, The SpeakOut, and contributed to the company’s 5th anniversary event at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale in 2013. Conundrum is proud to provide Chaos Theory the platform for their first ever production; hope is that this performance of Unbroken will be a launching pad for something beyond.
The poets of Chaos Theory each come from different ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, educational and cultural backgrounds. Their personal interests, points of view and styles are as diverse as any group of individuals can be. Yet they have found a way to use all their combined life experiences to create a brand of poetry that is honest, bold, vibrant and soulful. Individually and collectively, they perform nationally, from university stages to packed poetry clubs. Some notable performances and accolades have been: NBC, WSVN/FOX, NPR, University of Miami, University of Illinois-Chicago, Duke University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota-St. Paul, The National Poetry Slam and Festival, Miami Book Fair International, South Florida’s Lit Walk and many others.
In 2011, Chaos Theory placed third at the Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam (the second largest poetry festival in the country). In December 2015, Chaos Theory were featured performers during Art Basel, the country’s biggest art festival. They have also been nominated for a 2016 Florida Entertainment Legend Award.
Chaos Theory are very involved in non-profit work, donating both time and money to organizations such as Operation Helping Hands Miami, HOPE Inc, Pink Strydes, Soul Survivors Annual Benefit and Fundraiser, CAPE Arts Partnership in Education and Young Arts Miami.
Chaos Theory aim to not only provide comfort and understanding of the uncertainties of daily life, but also to address the complex socio-political issues that affect our world, with the underlying reminder that through the human experience, we are all connected. Chaos Theory can be found online via Facebok, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram under chaostheoryonline.
Chaos Theory: Unbroken will be performed at the Main Street Playhouse for 2 nights only: Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st. Both shows will begin at 8pm. Advanced admission tickets are $10, tickets purchased at the door will be $15. The Main Street Playhouse is located at 6766 Main Street, in Miami Lakes. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please call (954) 673-5124 or visit www.conundrumstages.net
Chaos Theory: Unbroken
May 20th & 21st
Tickets: $10 (In advance), $15 (at the door)
For tickets: 954-673-5124
To purchase tickets on line: www.conundrumstages.net
All performances at
Main Street Playhouse
6766 Main Street,
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
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Chaos Theory Bios:
RIGZ – An accomplished poet and producer, Reagan Mendoza, also known as Mr. Rigz, has been called the “next level” in spoken word production, as well as a “powerhouse poet” on stage.
Born and raised in Chicago, Rigz began his journey as a drummer in a number of successful local bands, a poet/emcee in an underground hiphop collective, as well as a producer/engineer for local artists. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Rigz moved to Miami and went right to work recording and mixing for film and television during the day, while producing for poets and artists at night. In 2008, he formed Chaos Theory, a dynamic spoken word group. For the remainder of that year and throughout 2010, he performed all over South Florida as both a solo artist and with Chaos Theory. He also continued to produce for a number of break-out poets throughout the country, including HBO Def Poet Asia, National Slam Champions Carlos Robson, Kataalyst Alcindor and Miami Master slam champion, Bertrand Boyd. Through hard work and dedication, Rigz gained some attention, becoming a featured artist on a number of TV and radio shows, blogs and magazines, including WSVN/Fox, NPR, The Miami Herald, Poetry Is…, Spoken Visionz Magazine and many more.
In 2012, Rigz independently released a critically-acclaimed album, Clay And Concrete. In 2013, he was named “Artist of the Year” by the National Poetry Awards. And in 2015, he was a featured member of the sound department on the movie San Andreas, contributed to two documentaries, and was named one of the 100 Most Talented and Inspiring Creatives in Miami. He is working on his next album.
FLOW DIVA – A proud South Florida native, Rachel “Flow Diva” Finley has represented the state as an award winning spoken word artist at regional, national and international poetry slams. She is the current Florida State Poetry Association Slam Champion. Flow Diva is a founding member of the renowned poets’ collective, Chaos Theory and hosts All Arts Open Mic every 1st and 3rd Thursday at Coocaroos Café in Miramar. She also holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and has directed plays at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, The African American Cultural Arts Center and the Alliance Theatre Lab to name a few. As an actor, Flow has recently appeared in plays at M Ensemble, AAPACT and The Mos’Art Theatre, The Abyss Stage, Outré Theatre Company, Grace Arts Center and The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. As a multidisciplinary artist, Flow has worked behind the scenes on several films and television shows, written multiple scripts and has recently released her first chapbook, Through My Eyes, A Poetic Collection, available at squareup.com/market/rachel-flow-diva-finley and is the co-author of the upcoming children’s book, Douglas. You can also catch her production of Venus by Susan Lorie-Parks at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in the Spring. Flow would like to thank her parents, Harvetta Finley and the late Frankie Finley, her siblings, Chad, Frankie Jr., Gabrielle Finley-Hazel and Jessalyn Artis, and her children, Charles Harvey Reed, Lily Grace Reed and Lane Martin Finley for their unwavering love and support.
MORI TAIYE – Morini’kke’ Taiye Williams (Mori Taiye for short) is known for her sultry deep voice, and is presently one of the most profound spoken word artist in South Florida. As a person who likes to describe herself as “…being able to live in two different worlds at the same time,” Mori manages to combine all her experiences into passionate and mesmerizing performances. A California native with roots in Houston, Texas, Mori began with her mother initiating piano lessons that turned into something much more later in life. All throughout grade school and college, Mori was involved in local talent shows, theatre clubs, and plays. She has received numerous state championship awards as a pianist since the age of 9, and awards for using her writing and performing talents towards humanitarian services to date. She started putting her writing skills specifically towards poetry in 2007, and began performing in local clubs and social events. In 2012, Mori joined the explosive poet collective Chaos Theory, who are national slam champions and travel all throughout the United States. A following was easy to gain with being a featured artist for the Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, radio shows, podcasts, WSVN/Miccosukee Magazine TV, and much more. Be on the look-out for Mori Taiye in the future. She is an ever evolving artist, who is ready to take on the world with the color of words.