Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

Resources

Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Friday, December 19, 2014

From the Stage to the Streets: Chicago Artists and Activists Respond to “We Must Breathe”

From Howlround by Isaac Gomez who organized the event at Victory Gardens

"On December 18, more than 350 Chicago artists and community members (and another 1,120 Livestreaming from six different countries) gathered at Victory Gardens Theater to bear witness and respond to performance pieces created in the wake of the national outcry stemming from the deaths and verdicts of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless others.
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The mere fact that every single person stood in the theatre to have this dialogue following the performance is a testament to the space they collectively crafted for solidarity, open-mindedness, and respect that is vacant for several communities. So much so, that towards the end of the dialogue, several members from Chicago Artists Against Injustice stood up from their seats and began to sing:

“I can hear my brother crying, ‘I can’t breathe.’

So now I’m in the struggle singing ‘I can’t leave.’

Calling out the violence of these racist police

And we ain’t gonna stop till our people are free.”

It was in this moment that the artistry transformed into activism. Patrons were handed fliers by several members of the group and were encouraged to sing alongside them. And as a collective, they poured onto the mainstage to create an altar made of toys to honor the black lives lost and to empower the black youth of our communities.

Several members encouraged attendees to join them in an act of civil disobedience. Some stood behind, though many joined them in the streets outside Victory Gardens. From the artistic, to the dialogue, to the die-in that took place in one of the busiest intersections in Chicago, scholars, activists, and artists alike will have many names for what took place at Victory Gardens that night.
Read more here... http://howlround.com/from-the-stage-to-the-streets-chicago-artists-and-activists-respond-to-we-must-breathe

I can't breathe challenge ALi steele


I can't breathe challenge #icantbreathechallenge
ALi steele

One Struggle KC is holding two 'Black Lives Matter' events in Kansas City this weekend


One Struggle KC is holding two 'Black Lives Matter' events in Kansas City this weekend
By David Hudnall
Exerpt "We invite you to a free family event to create art as a collective, and process the pain we feel as a community due to state violence and abuse of power as seen in Ferguson, Mo and Ayotzinapa, Mexico [where 43 students disappeared in September]. There will be all kinds of art materials for your use, at no cost. Lead organizers of One Struggle KC will facilitate conversation, including ‘report-backs’ from individuals who have traveled to Ferguson to participate in community actions, as well as those who have been affected by events in Ayotzinapa." Read more on http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2014/12/18/one-struggle-kc-is-holding-two-black-lives-matter-events-in-kansas-city-this-weekend

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stop Resisting: How to Get Arrested at an Eric Garner Protest

This story shared from young artist Daźay Burnett reveals much about what it is like to protect and what people are protesting about.

Daźay Burnett is a 17-year-old Harlem native. A senior at Beacon High School in Manhattan, he is actively involved in performing arts, songwriting, and youth activism groups (New York Youth for Justice). He plans to attend college in the fall of 2015, with Theater Arts as his intended major.

FROM GAWKER: Stop Resisting: How to Get Arrested at an Eric Garner Protest

http://gawker.com/stop-resisting-how-to-get-arrested-at-an-eric-garner-p-1672447442

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can't Breathe (Samuel L. Jackson Challenge)

Can't Breathe (Samuel L. Jackson Challenge)
by Jeremy Franklin


Published on Dec 16, 2014

This video is a response to Samuel L. Jackson calling out "celebrities".. Hopefully this idea trends as much as those other meaningless "challenges" everyone participated in.. #AwakeAndAtWar

The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus

Megan Sandberg-Zakian has been crowdsourcing content from The Ferguson Moment Facebook group and with Claudia Alick published some exciting content for educators and theater makers! 

"Immediately following the events of Aug. 9, 2014—when the unarmed Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson—we worked with a group of artists from around the country to bear witness, to serve and to collaborate artistically with the community of Ferguson, Mo. We used a Facebook group, a hashtag (#TheFergusonMoment) and a blog to communicate and connect to more than 1,000 other artists and organizers around the country creating art in resonance with this moment in American history.

The breadth and depth of artistic actions around the country is inspiring. From new play commissions to community conversations, from guerrilla street performances to casts of Off-Broadway plays standing in solidarity at curtain call, theatre artists and institutions around the nation are stepping forward to join the new civil rights movement inspired by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford and many others (and by the failure thus far to see any indictments, let alone prosecutions for their deaths).

This December, as theatres and drama departments are deciding what plays to present in their 2015-2016 seasons, we have an unprecedented opportunity: Which plays can we program, read and teach that will be in resonance with this moment and this movement?"

Read More here...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Can’t Breathe François Bessing

From François Bessing

"I was tagged by a friend, Crystal Williams on Facebook on 12/15/2014 to take part in 102.5 Radio Challenge by Darlene McCoy protesting the miscarriage of justice in the Eric Garner verdict. Samuel L. Jackson started the challenge off and I felt that it was important for me to add my voice to the outcry.

This song was based off the lyrics by Darlene McCoy. I expanded on the lyrics and wrote "I Can't Breathe" and arranged the melody. My good friend Ariel Delgado played the piano part. We wrote, played, and recorded the song in about 7 hours on 12/15/2014."




I Can’t Breathe
(Original Lyrics by: Darlene McCoy; Lyrics & Melody by: Francois N. Bessing
Copyright 2015)

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Not too long ago, he said, I have a Dream,
All the children black and white, play in the street.
Times have changed the people riot, there is no peace,
Till we join our voices and we let freedom ring.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

All the things we value most like life, liberty,
Shot and choked to nothing as the wicked go free,
How can we be one if we cannot stand with thee,
Raise your hands proclaim the Word: I Can’t breathe.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Bridge:
I have lifted up mine eyes; justice we’ll see,
Heaven’s eyes are ever watching o’er you and me!

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Demi Day - Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge

Demi Day - Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge


Published on Dec 15, 2014
Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge...
(Prod. JaySanon)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Rights of Passage by Michelle T. Johnson

From Michelle T. Johnson

"For anyone who'll be in Springfield, Mo. and wants to see a play directly inspired by the events in Ferguson. It's a one-hour play with three characters. A white police officer has shot and killed a black teen. He goes to a law firm to see what his options are if the situation unfolds along the lines of Darren Wilson. He is unpleasantly surprised to find that one of the two people in the firm he meets with is a black woman. There is definitely drama that unfolds."


"Rights of Passage" draws passionate, pensive crowd
http://www.midwestdramatists.org/2014/10/rights-of-passage-draws-passionate.html

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America
by LEIGH WILSON SMILEY in DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
http://www.tcgcircle.org/2014/11/collidescope-adventures-in-pre-and-post-racial-america/

Ping Chong, a visionary citizen- artist and six-time NEA grantee, connects racial history to our current unrest in his recent play, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.
- See more at: http://arts.gov/audio/theater-director-playwright-and-video-artist-ping-chong#sthash.3oE1Cubv.dpuf


NEA PODCAST
http://arts.gov/audio/theater-director-playwright-and-video-artist-ping-chong

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America November 7-14, 2014 

http://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2014/collidescope-adventures-pre-and-post-racial-america