The Project Mourns Carlos Dume

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The 52nd Street Project mourns the loss of Project Member Carlos Dume. He joined us in 2004, at the age of 10, with the production of his play “The Miracle of Music,” and went on to act and sing, to write and recite poetry, and to make the most of all the opportunities that he was given. He subsequently attended the University of Michigan as a recipient of the Henry and Gloria Jacobs Scholarship, offered every two years to a Project teen. His death has shocked and saddened all of us, all the more for the great promise his young life held. We grieve not only for the end of that glorious possibility, but for what he gave to us through his prodigious artistry, his constant integrity, his tenacity and fierce appetite, and the sweetness and beauty of his spirit.

 

All of this found its fullest expression for us in his participation in the Project’s Teen Ensemble, a two year acting program, which culminated in 2011 with the production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which played Off-Broadway at our home theater, and then spent a week on the road, with stops at the University of Calgary and The Banff Centre. On the last night of the tour, the Ensemble gathered to celebrate their time together and all that they had accomplished. Carlos recited for them the following poem, an exquisite depiction not only of the challenges and triumphs and joys that came from the work of the group, but also of the greatness that radiated out of him. That radiance will be missed.

 

The Final Chapter

By Carlos Dume (2011)

On top floating it’s incredible
Who would have thought the day would come
That together we touch the clouds
Above the world soaring through its air
Progressing all the way to a place above
Where in few accepted the challenge
And fewer overcame it.
 
No day could have predicted this one
A family has developed,
With imperfections of course
But with more power and genuine care
To create beauty than take it away.
Oh and there have been those days,
With loss after loss
Miscalculation after miscalculation
Greatness never ceases to stop radiating out of us.
 
Proud,
That’s one way to describe us,
Attention-deficit, we’ve all had our moments,
But geniuses
No doubt that’s what it comes down to. 
 
For we began with the path they set forth
And when we separate onto the many forks that lie ahead of the path
They keep the family going
 
Keep it going in the things they do
But they’re not the only ones, we can too
By always remembering our moments together
Old and new.
Carlos the Playwright, age 10

Carlos the Playwright, age 10

On the way to Block Island 2009

On the way to Block Island 2009

Carol & BI kids 2009

Carol & BI kids 2009

 

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Carlos reads his poetry

Carlos reads his poetry

Carlos in the Mask Unit Presentation of the Teen Ensemble

Carlos in the Mask Unit Presentation of the Teen Ensemble

Carlos in THE NEXT LEVEL, Teen One-Act Festival

Carlos in THE NEXT LEVEL, Teen One-Act Festival

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AJ, Hera & Carlos in THE NEXT LEVEL, Teen One-Act Festival 2010

AJ, Hera & Carlos in THE NEXT LEVEL, Teen One-Act Festival 2010

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Carlos in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Carlos in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Teen Ensemble at Lake Louise IMG_1538 IMG_1907 Teens in Canada AJ & Carlos on Ferris Wheel in Canada IMG_1867

 

Carlos in Canada on tour with The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Carlos at George's Desk

Carlos at George’s Desk

 

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