PROPHET: The Order of the Lyricist

October 6–8, 2022

Prophet: The Order of the Lyricist is a four-year archival, research, and multi-genre storytelling project on the life-journey of a Lyricist. Featuring Marjani Forté-Saunders and Everett Saunders as performers, Prophet traces the evolution from Emcee to Lyricist and invites audiences to enter a world of mindpower, bravery, self-determination, and triumph––facets of the artist’s quest for self-realization.

Using text, sound, film, and performance, Prophet: The Order of the Lyricist makes its own imaginative and embodied contribution to the scholarly, civic, and ancient legacies of radical Black expression.

Join us on September 29 for Who Is The Emcee?!, a conversation with 7NMS| and Rahaman “Kil” Kilpatrick.

Image by Marc Winston



Operating in California and New York, 7NMS| is the public emergence of Marjani Forte-Saunders and Everett Saunders’ work as a collaborative team, radically engaging art as a medium of elevation, healing, and futurity. With 7 award-winning projects in 10 years, 7NMS tote a revolutionary commitment to the Black radical imagination. PROPHET is an awardee of the 2020 MAP Fund and 2020 New Music USA Award, and the National Dance Project Production and Touring grant 2021. Marjani is a 2019 FCA Fellowship awardee, a 3x Bessie award winner, and an inaugural recipient of the Jerome Hill, Dance USA, and UBW Choreo. Center Fellowships. Everett is the composer and thought partner behind the award-winning and internationally touring production, Memoirs of a.. Unicorn, and a 2x New Music USA Awardee. His recent work can be found as composer/sound designer on Jaamil Kosoko’s Chameleon, mayfield brooks’ Whale Fall, and Urban Bush Women’s Hair & Other Stories (2018).


Prophet: The Order of the Lyricist is co-commissioned by Abrons Arts Center and Kelly Strayhorn Theatre.

This engagement of 7NMS: Marjani Forte-Saunders + Everett Saunders is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.