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


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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

When we’re told we’ll never understand

Take Down The Flag Rally- Ed Madden Poem from Coal Powered Filmworks on Vimeo.

Someone says a drug-related incident,
someone says he was quiet, he mostly kept to himself,
someone says mental illness,
someone says a hateful and deranged mind,
someone says he was a loner, he wasn’t bullied,
someone says his sister was getting married in four days,
a newsman says an attack on faith,
a relative says his mother never raised him to be like this,
a friend says he had that kind of Southern pride, strong conservative beliefs,
someone says he made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that you don’t really think of it like that,
someone says he wanted to start a civil war,
he said he was there to kill black people,
the governor says we’ll never understand.

He is not a lone wolf,
he is not alien,
he is not inexplicable,
he is not just one sick individual,
he is one of us,
he is from here,
he grew up here,
he went to school here,
he wore his jacket with its white supremacist patches here,
he told racist jokes here,
he got his gun here,
he learned his racism here,
his license plate sported a confederate flag here,
the confederate flag flies at the state capitol here,
he had that kind of Southern pride,
this is not isolated this is not a drug incident,
this is not unspeakable (we should speak),
this is not unthinkable (we should think),
this is not inexplicable (we must explain it),
he is not a symbol he is a symptom,
he is not a cipher he is a reminder,
his actions are beyond our imagining,
but his motivation is not beyond our understanding
no he didn’t get those ideas from nowhere.

mental illness is a way to not say racism
drug-related is a way to not say hate
loner is a way to not say one of us
we’ll never understand is a way to not say look at our history

Look away, look away, look away [to be sung]

Ed Madden
20 June 2015

Read more here: Jasper

Jacqueline Thompson

Jacqueline Thompson, Every 28 Hours St. Louis producer, received her BA in Speech Communications from Clark Atlanta University. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Louisville, as well as a graduate certificate in African American Theater. This actor, singer, director has utilized her collective experiences to work as a teaching artist for regional theaters such as Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Thompson is currently the Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Why Conservatives Still Won't Admit That Charleston Was A Racist Crime


...After all we’ve found out about Dylann Roof, how can we still say we “don’t know” why this happened?

The survivors from inside the church claimed Roof said African Americans “rape our women” and are “taking over our country.” His statements are deranged fiction, but they don’t live in isolation. They exist not only on a historical continuum of racially motivated violence, but within a current narrative of white people “losing the country” and the reactive violence of rural militias and domestic terrorists. Republican governors’ complicity in fostering a dangerous cocktail of political bigotry and easy-access guns has never been clearer than after this latest mass shooting. While it is true that bigots and violent people will always exist, a persistently racist culture nurtures small-minded hatred, and politicians provide them with tools to realize it.

It is no secret that one of the baubles of the conservative movement is the Confederate flag, which appeared on Roof’s license plate. It is a symbol of white supremacy and slavery, and it is also a symbol that is a part of South Carolina's official government as the flag flies in the capital. When questioned about her state’s continued support for it, Governor Haley shrugged it off.

South Carolina hasn't exactly left its racist history behind. Haley has consistently sided with more guns, fewer voting rights, and fostering a conservative culture of fear and suspicion. Last year, she signed a new and even more expansive bill for concealed weapons and easier access to guns in her state. She was applauded by the NRA for this bill. In an age where abortion clinics are bombed, elementary school children are gunned down on a cyclical basis, and lone gunmen have unlimited access to machine guns, the idea of expanding gun rights seems inconceivable, especially in a state where a gun-related death happens every 14 hours.

Meanwhile, South Carolina was one of the first to add more restrictions on voting after the Supreme Court cut away at the Voting Rights Act and Republicans continue to pursue new voting rights restrictions aimed at black and Latino citizens. South Carolina is also one of the only states not to have a hate crime law on the books...

Aurin Squire is a freelance journalist who lives in New York City. In addition to being a playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School, he has writing commissions and residencies at the Dramatists Guild of America, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and National Black Theatre.

Read more at: TMP


by Alexander Billet

Wednesday’s abominable act of racist terrorism (and yes, we must call it terrorism) casts a strange kind of shadow over this Juneteenth. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist who opened fire on Emanuel AME -- a church of powerful symbolism to the Black community in Charleston and, to a degree, throughout the south -- chose the date of his attack to fall on the 193rd anniversary of the suppression of Denmark Vesey’s rebellion, which was planned at that same church. Clearly this violent racist gets the importance of symbolism, at least on some instinctual level. That the 150th Juneteenth -- a holiday marking the ultimate end of slavery -- falls just days afterward reveals both how much remains unfinished a century and a half later and how sick this unfinished business makes this country. How unfinished? Not too far from where Mother Emanuel is located, the Confederate flag flies on the state capitol, the very same flag that Roof had on his truck, right under the words “Confederate States of America.” That should provide all the answer we need.

For the past two years I’ve been researching the history of the gospel hymn “No More Auction Block For Me.” A hypothesis I’m working with has been that this is possibly the most influential and yet unrecognized song in American history. I could very well be proven wrong on the “most influential” front, but what seems irrefutable is that this is a song that has had a massive impact on American popular music. Its recorded origins, predictably, go back to the institution of the first Black regiments during the American Civil War. An early iteration was sung as a marching song by these same regiments. It’s very likely that there were earlier versions, possibly sung in secret by slaves themselves, but the Civil War is when the song first made itself into recorded history...

Read more at: Red Wedge Magazine

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A National Call To Action For: Every 28 Hours: An Investigation of The Events In Ferguson Missouri, and Black Lives In America

A National Call To Action For: Every 28 Hours: An Investigation of The Events In Ferguson Missouri, and Black Lives In America
A Collaboration Between The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) & Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Week In Residence & Community Performance 
in Saint Louis & Ferguson, MO:
Sunday October 18th –Sunday October 25th
National Week Of Action:  October 26th- October 30th

What this is:
Every 28 Hours is a reference to a widely shared statistic: every 28 hours in America, a black person is killed by the police.  The One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Claudia Alick, Producer) have teamed up to create a dynamic partnership in Every 28 Hours: a national partnership with a locally specific focus on the events of Ferguson, Mo.

The project that will start with a gathering of artists from around the country, nominated by their respective participating theatre companies in St. Louis from Oct 18-25, engaging with the Ferguson community, citizens, activists, and organizations to have dialogue, understanding, and story telling in relationship to the events that happened last year.

We well generate a body of one-minute plays, using the specific 1MPF playmaking methodology, will cast/rehearse/perform as a rapid response to what we’ve learned, heard, and experienced on Oct 25th. The plays will be performed at a central location in St. Louis, and possibly within the Ferguson community as well (if we are granted proper access to do so.)

To Confirm Participation: Email Dominic D’Andrea and Claudia Alick at dominic@oneminuteplayfestival.com

Read more here: http://www.oneminuteplayfestival.com/2015/06/18/every-28-hours-a-national-call-to-action/


Monday, June 15, 2015

Every 28 Hours Invitation

Every 28 Hours 1-Minute Play Festival
Phase One October 20-24, St. Louis County

Last August I went to St. Louis County where we produced the Ferguson Moment Project in collaboration with artists from around the country. Now we are producing EVERY 28 HOURS in collaboration with the One Minute Play Festival (artistic director Dominic D’Andrea), theaters from all over the country, and hundreds of artists, a national theater project in two phases. The first phase is this year October 18-22 where we will be traveling to St. Louis County to produce 3 readings of 60-90 1 minute plays on the subject of the Black Lives Matter movement happening across the USA. These readings are being produced in 3 different site specific spaces for maximum access by the community in St. Louis County. Partnering theaters and institutions across the country are sending artists and covering their expenses for a week while we write/rehearse our staged readings. We are partnering with different theaters in St. Louis and have many theaters across the country on board so far. Our local producer Jacqueline Thompson is confirming actors and playwrights in St. Louis The second phase will be the national partner theaters engaging with these plays in their own communities in October of 2016. This project is being produced “stone soup style” with all artists and collaborators volunteering what they can in art, resources, or ideas to make it happen. We’re also doing a small indigogo campaign to raise money to supplement travel cost for artists from theaters that cannot cover travel costs. Our method is anti-colonialist and inclusive and the goal is to create a body of work that reflects the conversation the United States in involved in. We’d love to collaborate with you in anyway. 

Associate Producer