Monday, April 11, 2011

NYC... Just Like I Pictured It

a festival of performances re-imagining the city we live in

Struggle is par for the course when our dreams go into action. But unless we have the space to imagine, and a vision to realize our humanity, all the protests and demonstrations in the world won't bring about our liberation. -Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams

With Kelley's words in mind, a performance festival created through collaborations between theatre artists and communities working toward social justice begins today in New York City. This has been my paid gig since August, lead producing the five projects leading up to the full-scale musical that closes the festival in June/July. I'm picking up the torch from and joining the work of a friend and compañera, Ujju Aggarwal, whose work has defined the last several years of this programming for the award-winning Foundry Theatre. Mieke Duffly joined the team as well and has been the driving force behind the first show, Active Ingredients, which goes up this week. With Luis Lopez on spanish/english interpretation, Chris Abueg on design and Vee Bravo holding down the video documentation, it's basically a family affair. Check out the exciting line-up below and find out how to reserve your tickets here.

In other zapagringo news, on Wednesday the residents of over 40 Mexican cities took to the streets demanding an end to the murderous drug war. If you haven't yet read Subcomandante Marcos' recent letter On War it's definitely worth a look now. On a different note, I also want to thank all of you who came out to El Museo del Barrio on March 12 for our big performance of Secret Survivors!

NYC... Just Like I Pictured It
April 11 - July 9
A festival of performances re-imagining the city we live in.

April 11
Preview Event: The Foundry Theatre: At the Intersection of Art + Social Justice

April 14 & 16
Third Root Community Health Center
+ Eisa Davis & Morley
= Active Ingredients

April 30 & May 1
+ Aya Ogawa & Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
= Yatra Samudra Samma: Journey to the Ocean

May 8
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
+ Lisa Rothe & Carlos Albán
= Mira al Horizonte/ Look to the Horizon

May 14 & 15
Green Oasis Community Garden
+ Maureen Towey & Jason Grote
= Emergence

May 19 & 22
United Playaz
= A Point in Time

June 22 - July 9
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)
+ The Foundry Theatre

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