The Handful Players kids kicked it old school with “The Frisco Kid”, the true story of Lonnie “Pop Tart” Green, a legendary dancer from the Fillmore District’s strutting scene in the ‘70s. Written and directed by Bay Area hip-hop artist Rahman Jamaal and co-directed with Ben Baker, the production premiered on May 18, 2019 at the African-American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco.
The talented students of Rosa Parks Elementary School recreated pivotal moments from Lonnie’s childhood when he first embraced dance at age 11. Archival images from back in the day paid homage to the Fillmore’s rich cultural history, while the kids mastered Lonnie’s funky dance moves. And Lonnie himself was there to cheer on the Handful Players, taking the stage at the end to celebrate their performance.
A tribute to the Fillmore’s vibrant past, performed by its future, “The Frisco Kid” is a testament to the value of looking back while moving forward.