Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every 28 Hours Play Details

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) are teaming up to co-produce Every 28 Hours, a national partnership focused on the widely shared and contested statistic that a black person is killed by the police every 28 hours in the United States. The Every 28 Hours plays will consist of 60-plus one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, with participation by playwrights and across the nation.

Created under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF’s associate producer, community), Dominic D’Andrea (producing artistic director, The One-Minute Play Festival), and St. Louis theater maker and producer Jacqueline Thompson (assistant professor of acting and directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis), the first phase of the project includes community meetings, collaborative writing sessions and readings of the plays in St Louis the week of October 20-24, 2015. Readings will be produced Oct. 24 at two locations: the Dellwood Recreation Center in Fergusonat 2:00 p.m., and the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center  at 8:00 p.m.
“The Every 28 Hours Plays is an exciting and necessary project to be doing at this place and time,” D’Andrea said. “The deep injustices that marginalized populations face in this country are staggering—and no place better represents this tension than in Ferguson. As artists we felt it was our responsibility to create an artistic space to respond to questions of race, injustice, and civic responsibility on a local and national platform.”
"Ferguson is the heartbeat of the movement,” Thompson said. “This project is a brilliant creative conduit to share its pulse with the world.”
“We are in a time of change for the U.S.,” Alick said, “and the reflection on this current Civil Rights Movement is exciting because of the power and number of talented voices collaborating. Our project is informed by thoughtful leaders in activism, performance, civic leadership and communications. The work is hard and inspiring and necessary.”
Partnering theaters and institutions will send artists and cover their expenses for a week to allow for the writing and rehearsing of the staged readings, though additional funding for the project is being raised through an Indiegogo campaign. The second phase of The Every 28 Hours Plays will include the national partner theaters engaging with these plays in their own communities in October of 2016.
Contributors include:  Keith Josef Adkins, Christina Alexander, Zakiyyah Alexander, Luis Alfaro, Claudia Alick, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Michael Amoroso, Lemon Andersen, Rick Andersen, Artists Against Oppression, Brian Bauman, Matt Belanger, Nancy Bell, Kathryn Bentley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, Toni Blackman, Florinda Bryant, Jess Carr, Marty Casey, Center Theatre Group, Gamal Chasten, Katie Christie, Rosa Clemente, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Eric Coble, Paris Crayton III, Migdalia Cruz, Valerie Curtis-Newton, D'Lo, Dominic D'Andrea, Alan David, Dellwood Recreation Center, Kristoffer Diaz, Tamika Diggs, Phillip Dixon, Colman Domingo, Dyalekt, Fahari Arts Institute, Mario Farwell, Larissa FastHorse, Brittany Ferrell, Fishtank Performance Studio, Adam Flores, Forum Theatre, Kevin R. Free, Ryan Lawd Gabriel, Sigrid Gilmer, Prince Gomolvilas, Idris Goodwin, Martine Kei Green-Rogers, Kirsten Greenidge, Chelsea Gregory, Guthrie Theater, Rachel Hanks, Hansberry Project, Grant Harris, Amina Henry, Britteny Henry, Gregg Henry, Ike Holter, Cynthia Howell, Chisa Hutchinson, David Henry Hwang, Amaka Izuchi, Aaron Jafferis, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Morgan Jenness, DeAnna Jent, Keith P. Jones, Lily Junker, Nambi Kelly, Kennedy Center, Kila Kitu, Derrek Kolluri, Kranzberg Arts Center, Shishir Kurup, Neil LaBute, Joshua Lamont, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Alicia Like, Joan Lipkin, Looking Glass Theater, Lisa Loomer, Suzan Lori-Parks, Robert Maesaka, Jake Margolin, Rebecca Martinez, Don McClendon, Tarrel McCraney, Quinn McGowan, Jim McManus, Bonnie Metzgar, Patricia Mitchell, Richard Montoya, Leroy F. Moore, Jr., Dominique Morisseau, Lisa Q Mounte, Mustard Seed Theatre, Jonathan Norton, Lynn Nottage, Tavia Nyongo, Jon Hudson Odom, Carl Overly, Jr., Jerome Parker, Steve Peirick, Perfect Disgrace, Liza Jesse Peterson, Reggie Pierre, Em Piro, Mark Pleasant, Aaron Posner, Psalmayene 24, Shruti Purkayastha, Andrea Purnell, Sue Ann Reed, Regional Arts Commission, Greg Reiner, Ralph Remington, Brandon V. Riley, Erin Renee Roberts, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Anthem Salgado, Salt House Collective, Nikkole Salter, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Steven Sapp, Robert Schenkkan, Maalik Shakoor, Fox Smith, Sojourn Theatre, Aurin Squire, St. Louis Rep Theater, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, , Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Stew, Harold Stewart, Syd Stewart, Gisla Stringer, Rebecca Struch, TeAda Productions, That Uppity Theatre Company, The Black Rep, The Dark Room, The Flea Theater, The Hansberry Project, The National Black Theater, The TEAM, Jacqueline Thompson, Lucy Thurber, Trinity Rep, Mellisa Ulto, UMSL Department of Theatre, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc., Urban Theatre Movement, Mark Valdez, Heidi Van, Voices United, Christopher Ware, Kelley Webber, Jeff Whitty, Josh Wilder, Joe Wilson, Jr., Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Working Theater, Anu Yadav, Chrishnelle Joie Young, and more.
The One­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is the nation’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre festival company, founded by Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer project that investigates the zeitgeist of different communities and populations through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of moments generated by each community.
Founded by Angus Bowmer in 1935 and winner of a 1983 Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents an eight-month season of 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare as well as a mix of classics, musicals, and new works. The Festival also draws attendance of more than 400,000 to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theatre professionals. In 2008, OSF launched American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, a 10-year cycle of commissioning new plays that has already resulted in several OSF commissions finding success nationwide.


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