Gill Sotu’s wife isn’t quick with compliments. Sotu’s a poet, performer and musician, and more recently he’s added “playwright” to his resume. But his wife had yet to fully validate his latest role.
Then “The Best Goodbye” happened. It’s a play Sotu wrote, and it’s being produced and performed by the Circle Circle dot dot theater company at Park Arts Black Box through Saturday.
“So, my wife saw it yesterday and she says she cried,” he said. “And for the first time, she called me and was like, ‘Hey, playwright.’ … So, yeah, it was real cool.”
Since “The Best Goodbye” opened in late July, the play, which is set on the night that Tupac Shakur died in 1996 and focuses on the suburban members of an up-and-coming hip-hop group, has been racking up rave reviews.
The surprise hit comes at a time when Sotu is poised to finally make the leap to calling himself a full-time artist. After almost 15 years in the travel agency business, he quit his day job last year when the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation offered him a two-year gig as its artist-in-residence. Tasked with engaging the Jacob Center’s community in southeastern San Diego, he’s been creating cultural events like the free spoken word poetry and graffiti art festival that happened in June and producing new work, like his play “H.E.R.O.E.S.” that premiered last November.
He’s currently working on a one-man show he’ll preview at a national arts conference this summer, plus a spoken word opera, a comic book and other projects.