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THE DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATER FESTIVAL PROUDLY RETURNS TO THE HERE ARTS CENTER FOR IT’S 7TH SEASON/ 2009!
DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATER FESTIVAL
DUTF is a two-week celebration of urban theatrical expression by a cross-section of playwrights and performing artists. With an inclusive, multicultural perspective, this annual event showcases theatrical works that echo the true spirit of urban life and speak to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines.
DUTF focuses on the playwright. At DUTF, we help playwrights bring their vision to the stage by giving them total control of their work. They are involved in all aspects of the theatrical work from staging and direction to casting and rehearsals. DUTF has been a catalyst for some of New York City’s most vibrant and creative playwrights. Since its inception, DUTF has presented over 40 original theatrical works and has attracted more than 5,000 theatre-goers.
Nursha Project feature artist Micia Mosley performs
Saturday, May 9th.
WHERE MY GIRLS AT?
A fun-filled one-woman show, take on the black lesbian experience that challenges -head on- the notion that there’s only one way to be black or queer in the 21st century.
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Musical Selections from music by Yoko!
Sunday June 13th, 2010
Lower East Side, NY
Stay tuned for more details.
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Thursday, May 17 – 7 pm – $20
DANCING WHILE BLACK: VOICES FROM THE BUSH
An evening of dance and dialogue
FEATURING a conversation on equity in art and new choreography by the latest generation of dancers to emerge from the internationally acclaimed Urban Bush Women dance company.
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Maria Bauman/MBDance; Marjani Forte/LoveForte (with Nia Love); Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse; Samantha Speis. Curated by Paloma McGregor.
PANELISTS: Christal Brown/INSPIRIT dance company; Shalonda Ingram/Nursha Project; cultural critic Greg Tate; Milta Vega-Cardona/People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; and Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby. Moderated by Shani Jamila/Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center
DANCING WHILE BLACK is an artist-led initiative by Paloma McGregor/Angela’s Pulse that aims to create ongoing platforms for process, dialogue and experimentation and to shift the power of contextualizing work and articulating aesthetic values into the hands, and bodies, of black dancers themselves.
For more info about BAAD! visit www.bronxacademyofartsanddance.org
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The Theater Offensive and Hibernian Hall are proud to present Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life , a show that examines the vital issues of race, sexuality, and identity as a whole. The performance, starring its writer and producer, Brian Freeman, and Nursha Project Artist Thandiwe DeShazor, is a remix of the original production with a new group of talented performers. The newly-revived Bessie Award winning troupe uses raucous humor and fearless storytelling to challenge racism and homophobia through a series of vignettes that will leave audiences feeling the pain, pleasure and paradox of Black gay life.
Thursday-Saturday, November 17-19, 2011
184 Dudley Street
Novemeber 17, 2011 @ 8pm
November 18, 2011 @ 8pm
November 19, 2011 @ 2pm, 7pm
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With support from the National Performance Network , The Theater Offensive led the Fierce Love commissioning team with collaborators from Los Angeles, Washington DC, Burlington, New Orleans and Dallas. The Theater Offensive’s OUT in Your Neighborhood strategy is a driving force behind Fierce Love, focusing on integrating queer theater into interactive community-based programs in Boston-area neighborhoods.
The Theater Offensive’s ongoing Shout it OUT! collaboration with Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC Boston) will open Fierce Love’s Saturday matinee. Shout it OUT! will be a staged reading of original coming out stories from LGBT people of color. This work was developed in two workshop series with The Theater Offensive staff and Brian Freeman, in which community members learned to stage their writings for a broader audience.
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“Where My Girls At?” is a “thoughtful, provocative, and insanely funny” one woman show written and performed by the “multi-talented” Micia Mosely. Portraying five drastically different characters representing the diversity of Black lesbian experiences, Micia challenges the notion that there is only one way to be Black or queer in the 21st century.
A phenomenal one hour performance steeped in improv and audience participation, Where My Girls At? has thrilled audiences across the country from San Francisco, Detroit and New York to Amherst, Chapel Hill and Honolulu. A New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee, the show, while hilarious, continues to tackle difficult issues including inter and intra-group racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Written & Performed by Micia Mosely
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Musical Score by RiMarkible Things Music
Produced by Shalonda Ingram
A Nursha Project Production
Saturday, November 12th, 2011; 7:30-9:30pm
Sunday, November 13th, 2011; 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland School of the Arts
530 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
$15 if you purchase tickets by Oct. 31, 2011
$12.50 Group Rates
$20 Advance Tickets
$25 Tickets at the door
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To read a recent review of the performance by D.C. Theatre Scene , click here:
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After debuting in Los Angeles and leaving its mark on Oakland, “Armstrong’s Kid” makes its way to New York City! The Off-Broadway premier of the play features Three time NAACP Theatre Award-Winner, Six time Drama-Logue Award-Winner, and Image Award-Winning novelist, playwright, producer and actor Stanley Bennett Clay, and Nursha Project Artist, actor, playwright, comedian, and producer, Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor.
THE GAY SCHOOLTEACHER!
THE FALSE ACCUSATION!
THE FINAL SHOWDOWN!
Stanley Bennet Clay stars in his gripping new play as a gay schoolteacher falsely accused of child molestation by his best friend’s 14-year-old son, and ends up spending nearly a year in prison before the truth is revealed.
Eleven years later, the now-grown accuser, co-star Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor, seeks forgiveness, igniting a blistering showdown rife with bitter confrontations, shocking revelations, vicious humor, dark truths, and lots of Jack Daniels.
Executive Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson
“This should be on Broadway!”
—award-winning actress Loretta Devine
Preview Dates: Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6, 2011
Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2011
Matinees: Saturday-Sunday, October 8-9, 2011
Time: 3 PM
Roy Arias Theatre Center
300 W. 43rd St. @ 8th Avenue
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FOR GROUP RATES AND FUNDRAISERS CALL: 323.200.4861
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Next Stop: Memphis, Tennessee! Join Red Summer in celebrating and promoting her latest project, “Chasing Summer.” An online, mini docu-story featuring Red as she tours to promote her work of poetry, the first installment features Red journeying through Memphis, Tennessee to perform at the popular, Soul Cafe.
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Independent Artists’ Week (IAW) is a week-long celebration dedicated to ensuring that artists, arts organizations, and the businesses that support them have a means to celebrate and network. This week of festivities includes live performances, showcases, panels, eco art awareness, networking /consulting, and more! In 2009, we began the process of branding Independent Artists’ Week Celebration to the Fillmore Jazz District. We hosted events in the Western Addition between Fulton and Post streets. Our vision is to continue this with the support and participation of the restaurants, business, and community organizations.
There is something for everyone!
September 5 – 11, 2011
For more information, click here