Shape

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September 19-23, 27-30, October 1, 4-6, 2012

Imagistic and defyingly theatrical, Shape begins in 1900 Ambrose Park, Brooklyn at the end days of “Black America”. “Black America” was a historically documented, vast spectacle of vaudeville dances, variety acts, folklore and songs with a cast of 500 African-Americans. Based loosely on the biographies of African-American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, Shape concerns the life and labors of vaudevillian fairies exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture and abandoned at times of great need.

Shape is the final play in a series of 17 exploring themes of genocide and reconciliation.  Beginning in Rwanda with the Tutsi genocide, moving through Central America and then to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Soulographie- as the series is known is the culmination of the past two decades of Ehn’s work on the subject.

Creative/Production Team

John Moletress……………………………Director

Collin Ranney……………………………..Set/Costume Design

Ariel Benjamin…………………………….Lighting Design

Derek Knoderer………………………..….Sound Design

Ilana Silverstein/Dane Figueroa Edidi……Choreography

Dane Figueroa Edidi……………………………..Original Songs

Brian Sekinger………………………….…Production Stage Manager

Cast

Dane Figueroa Edidi, Frank Britton, Dexter Hamlett, Joshua Sticklin, Karin Rosnizeck, Manu H. Kumasi, S. Lewis Feemster, Courtney Ferguson, Julia Smith, Alex Witherow, Luci Murphy

Performances

9/19 – 7:30 – PWYC Preview; 9/20 – 8:00pm – Opening Night/Press Night; 10/1 – 8:00pm – Industry Night

9/21-9/22, 9/27-9/29, 10/4-10/6 – 8:00pm;  9/23, 9/30 – 3:00pm

TALKBACKS:  9/22 – Playwright Erik Ehn, author Daphne Brooks, American Theatre Magazine contributor/journalist Randy Gener

9/29 – Burlesque dancer/historian Chicava Honeychild, Dr. Sunyatta Amen with cast and creative team

World Premiere Play by Erik Ehn

“[Erik Ehn is] a theatrical visionary” -Celia Wren, American Theatre Magazine

Tickets:

General Admission $25
Student w/ID $15
Senior $20
Military w/ID $20
A limited number of rush tickets at $10 will be available 30 minutes before the beginning of the performances.  Tickets must be purchased at the box office.
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