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BronxMama: You have spoken about how being present is a key factor that fatherhood encompasses. Why do you think so many fathers believe other efforts to be the most important? Why do you think being a provider is usually the first thought when a father comes to mind?
Kraal: A child knowing that his/her father is there I believe is most important to a child’s development. His/Her understanding that she is on solid ground. Most mothers are present, but sometimes we don’t under stand how important and necessary a father is to a child’s upbringing. Many are not around because of their financial situation. They feel since they can’t contribute financially they might as well not be there at all. Growing Up Daddy speaks about that in depth. Some fathers are always in altercations with the mother(this is often financial also). They constantly argue and sanity doesn’t kick in, which causes the father to exit the situation to recover his sanity.
Bronxmama: Aside from the obvious affects being a present father has on a child, what are some of the affects you feel it has on a child once once they become an adult?
Kraal: There are several father organizations out there in support of fathers. Two of the organizations I am affiliated with are The Real Dads Network and the Furthering Fathering Corporation. These are two organizations created to support and provide resources for single fathers.
BronxMama: Do you feel like because of so many cases of fathers who are not involved with their children, it has lowered our standards and expectations for what it means to be a father? Why or why not?
BronxMama: In addition to spoken word, the show has a large hip hop component, do you feel there is a lacking influence from hip hip artists on the subject of fatherhood? What would you like to see more of?
Kraal: I believe there are several messages within my play. I want the men to leave knowing that there are other men that go through the same situations. I want the women/mothers to look inside the mind of man and see the internal as well as external struggles he may encounter. But overall a father needs to know that his experiences in life is what would better create an understanding of the world for his children and he needs to be present in their lives for them to receive that message.
BronxMama: They watch the show. They feel inspired. What’s next? Do you have any plans for upcoming projects involving this initiative?
BronxMama: How has writing this play changed you?
Kraal: I often say that this play was written to continue the conversation of fatherhood, but its much more than that to me. Initially, this wasn’t mean to be a play. It started off as an internal conversation that I put to paper.This play is a reminder to me that no matter the trials or tribulations in life I go through as a man, I have to be there for my children. It also pushes me- I have to be more responsible. I have to be as PRESENT as possible. I have to be…
This play has been my therapy.