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 27, 2015

St. Louis Repertory Theater

Every 28 hours is working with theaters all over the country.  We're proud to be collaborating with St. Louis Repertory Theater.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is dedicated to excellence in producing an eclectic range of live theatre.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will be the pre-eminent theatre and will be indispensable to the quality of life in the St. Louis region.


  • Informative, entertaining, and challenging live professional theatre. The Rep seeks to present an array of theatrical styles and periods in our programming. We have a responsibility both to preserve our theatrical heritage, as well as to develop new works to add to this heritage. This theatre works to lead audiences without losing them. By its nature live theatre involves risk and we recognize the need to present programming which may provoke strong reaction, both positive and negative.
  • Excellence in all we do. The Rep strives to produce theatre of the highest professional quality. We seek consistently superior quality in every aspect of our operations.
  • Life-long education. The Rep provides substantial and varied opportunities for learning about the human experience through the art of theatre. All people connected to The Rep should consider themselves to be invested in an educational process which is reflected in all programs of the theatre.
  • A strong, vibrant arts community. The Rep is committed to playing a leadership role in the arts community and to expanding public awareness of the essential contribution the arts make to society.
  • Diversity. The Rep strives to provide opportunities for diverse artistic expression, as well as diverse artists, staff and audience. Diversity is a wide-ranging value, encompassing but not limited to diversity in aesthetics, age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, geography, race and sexual orientation.
  • The contribution of our artists and our staff. The Rep seeks to attract outstanding professionals to join our work. We support the concept of The Rep as an "artistic home" which engenders a sense of pride, involvement and mutual support among all who work here. This means that we must provide these individuals with the best possible working environment, compensation, benefits, and support, within the constraints of our available resources.
  • All who have a stake in our success. The Rep is committed to building and sustaining a vital connection among all its stakeholders: subscribers, audience, artists, staff, donors, volunteers, our Board, Webster University, the larger theatrical community, the arts community of the region, students, teachers and learners of all ages.
  • The long-term viability of our theatre. The Rep will maintain financial strength and stability as a means to achieve greater artistic freedom. We seek to build long-term human, physical and financial resources. We practice sound fiscal responsibility and strive for the financial growth that enhances our opportunities to expand our contribution to society.



The REAL Captain America!

Amazing collaboration between activists and artists! 
Artist Richard C. Meyer @Meyer78759
Bree Newsome/Captain America for @USofErica


STILL: Bree Newsome art
artist: @Niall_JayDub

DREAMSCAPE / HINDSIGHT representing in Romania

Spectacolul Dreamscape, prezentat anul acesta de artiștii din Los Angeles, în cadrul Festivalului European al Spectacolului Timișoara, parte a unui turneu mai amplu în Estul Europei, este o mostră de teatru hip-hop, cu rapping, beatboxing (înlocuind textul clasic), popping și locking (incluse în coregrafia excelent executată de Rhaechyl Walker). Teatrul hip-hop se întâlnește în Statele Unite ale Americii, Australia și chiar Europa, fiind caracterizat de cinci elemente de bază: MC/emcee (rap, cuvânt rostit pe beat, hip-hop song); DJ (turntablism, beatboxing); graffiti art; dans (hip-hop și pop lock) și o componentă cognitivă (narativă)...

Read More here: http://dyntabu.blogspot.ro/2015/06/teatru-hip-hop.html


Justify the Secession (draft 2)
By Claudia Alick

Sources: Confederate States of America - Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union

A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.

Confederate States of America - Georgia Secession

we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint
against our non-slave-holding confederate States
with reference to the subject of African slavery
They have endeavored to weaken our security
to disturb our domestic peace

refused to comply with their express Constitutional obligations to us
in reference to that property
by the use of their power in the Federal Government
have striven to deprive us of an equal enjoyment
of the common Territories of the Republic
a distinct abolition party

Utter subjugation awaits us
if we should consent longer to remain in it
It is not a matter of choice
but of necessity
We must either submit to degradation
and to the loss of property
worth four billions of money
or we must secede from the Union
framed by our fathers
to secure this
as well as every other species of property
For far less cause than this
our fathers separated from the Crown of England

Our decision is made
We follow their footsteps
we resolve to maintain our rights
with the full consciousness of the justice of our course
the undoubting belief
of our ability to maintain it

And now the State
having resumed her separate and equal place among nations
deems it due to herself
to the remaining United States of America
and to the nations of the world
that she should declare the immediate causes
which have led to this act

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery
the greatest material interest of the world
labor supplies the product
which constitutes by far
the largest and most important portions
of commerce of the earth
none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun
products have become necessities of the world
a blow at slavery
is a blow at commerce and civilization

The Constitution declares that persons charged with crimes in one State
fleeing to another
shall be delivered up
on the demand of the executive authority of the State
from which they may flee
to be tried in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed
It would appear difficult to employ language freer from ambiguity
the non-slave-holding States
generally have wholly refused
to deliver up to us persons
charged with crimes affecting slave property

The feeling of anti-slavery
which it was well known was very general among the people
had been long dormant or passive
it needed only a question to arouse it into aggressive activity
It has enlisted its press
its pulpit
its schools against us
until the whole popular mind
is excited and inflamed with prejudice

It refuses the admission of new slave States into the Union
seeks to extinguish it
by confining it within its present limits
denying the power of expansion
advocates negro equality
socially and politically
promotes insurrection and incendiarism
in our midst
It has made combinations
formed associations
to carry out its schemes of emancipation in the States
and wherever else slavery exists

frequent violations of the Constitution
encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States
in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States
They are content if they can only injure us
no choice left us but submission
to the mandates of abolition
or a dissolution of the Union
whose principles had been subverted
to work out our ruin

their avowed purpose
is to subvert our society
subject us not only to the loss of our property
but the destruction of ourselves
our wives
our children
and the desolation of our homes
our altars
our firesides
To avoid these evils
we resume the powers
which our fathers delegated
to the Government of the United States
and henceforth will seek
new safeguards for our liberty


They arrested her and put it right back up. Sampling this morning from secessionist declarations and I was struck how much the language echos that of contemporary republicans. states rights, claiming the constitutions backs up their hate beliefs and that they are the victims who must fight the tyranny of people stopping them from denying others equal rights. FASCINATING! but also a bit chilling. 

click here to support BREE https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bail-for-bree-newsome#/

More information : http://mic.com/articles/121082/here-s-the-racist-meaning-of-the-confederate-flag-in-the-words-of-the-man-who-designed-it



Friday, June 26, 2015

Black Lives Matter film

Kwame Kwei-Armah on the film and theatre project Black Lives Matter. A great team on location here in Ferguson and results of the work coming in a few months.-- Alex Koch

domestic terrorism

-poetry of the state-
Source :The Patriot Act

“domestic terrorism” by claudia alick 

acts dangerous to human life
a violation
of the criminal laws
of the United States
of any State
appear to be intended
to intimidate
coerce a civilian population
to influence the policy
of a government
by intimidation
to affect the conduct
of a government
by mass destruction
primarily within
the territorial jurisdiction
of the United States
a violation
of the criminal laws
of the United States
a violation
to human life
within the United States
of human life
within the United States
of human life
within the United States
a violation
to human life
of the United States
of any State
a violation
to human life
a violation
a violation
a violation

White Supremacists More Dangerous To America Than Foreign Terrorists, Study Says 

Source: http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

S. O. S. - See Our Struggle

Monday, June 22, 2015

Unloose This Tied Up Justice: SHAKE 38 and the Measure4Measure Project

from Jennifer Wintzer 

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare. We are in the schools, in the streets, and in the park. Our work seeks to better the community, facilitate a diverse conversation, and encourage collaboration across disciplines. Through the Festival’s community-wide program, SHAKE 38, we invite St. Louis to participate in a marathon celebration of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight plays. Since the first year in 2010, SHAKE 38 has grown from a thirty-eight-hour performance by 200 artists to an event attracting up to 2,000 artists from across the region and a variety of community partners. This year, for the first time, SHAKE 38 extended to a national audience by bringing artists together for the Measure4Measure Project...

SHAKE 38 became a platform to facilitate conversation across the country. A call for submissions was posted by Saint Louis University for spoken word and poetry to be shared on themes of justice and equality from Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure. The project culminated in a film, by Alec Wild. Wild weaved text from the Bard’s play alongside student poetry and select work from professional artists in the St. Louis spoken word community. The film premiered this past April on SLU’s campus as one of the many community-driven Shakespeare events in the Festival’s SHAKE 38 program. Here is what our partners had to say when asked “Why this project? Why now?”

Kimani, MCC Youth Company, New York City:
If injustice is the match that sparks revolutions, artists make sure everybody knows and cares about the fact that a revolution is taking place, and they try to get everybody on the right side of history. The students in St. Louis are near the epicenter of racial tension in this country. They can do things in the movement and be involved in ways that I can't, and I want them to realize how important that is.

Jose Olivarez, Poet-Linc Manager, Lincoln Center Education, New York City:
Zora Neale Hurston let us know that “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

When Jennifer [Wintzer] reached out to me about a collaboration between young people in St. Louis and New York City responding to the themes of justice and equality, I knew that my students would be interested in participating in this exchange. This collaboration was important to us because community is a core value of our program. We were excited to get the chance to build community with writers in St. Louis. To exchange stories with each other and find out firsthand what is really going on. I like to think of this collaboration and the resulting short film not as the end, but as an invitation to join the conversation: Ferguson is everywhere in America.

- See more at: HowlRound

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Harlem Freedom Walk

Join Artists 4 Change NYC as we walk, "The Harlem Freedom Walk" voicing our solidarity with Mother Emmanuel AME Church and the Charleston, South Carolina community. Walking as one in our Sunday best, from The National Black Theatre of Harlem to First Corinthian Baptist Church: We'll sing up songs of freedom, that uplift our people, and honors our brothers and sisters who were taken too soon by this traumatic act. June 21st, 2015 from 11:00am-2:00pm 

 Source: Artists 4 Change