Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

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Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

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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, October 31, 2015

Curt Columbus: Trinity play is not 'anti-police'

Trinity play is not 'anti-police' By Curt Columbus, the Richard L. Bready Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company.

Last Monday night, Trinity Rep produced the world-premiere production of "Every 28 Hours," a series of one-minute plays written by actors and playwrights from around the country in response to the rash of police shootings of unarmed black men over the past year.

Produced with the help of The One-Minute Play Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the plays were written by men and women of all races and backgrounds following a week-long residency in Ferguson, Mo., where the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer ignited a storm of protest and anger, as well as a national conversation about race that has continued to this day. "Every 28 Hours" was written in dialogue with members of the Ferguson community, including the Ferguson police, and is a reflection of this country's current civil rights movement, as well as the events that have inspired the Black Lives Matter movement.

The night was a beautiful, profoundly moving success, and perhaps one of the finest nights of theater we have staged. Spearheaded by Joe Wilson Jr., one of Trinity Rep's acting company members who took part in the Ferguson residency and wrote one of the plays, the production featured more than 80 local actors of all ages and races who volunteered their time and talent performing to a sold-out house. The one-minute plays themselves were by turn beautiful and ugly, angry and optimistic, funny and tragic, mournful and joyous. Without a particular political viewpoint, they managed to reflect a country still grappling with race — celebrating the past victories of the civil rights movement while also pointing ahead to the work that still needs to be done.

However, there are some (who didn't attend the show but rather heard about it through a Providence Journal article) who are upset that Trinity Rep decided to produce "Every 28 Hours." We have even had a few subscribers and donors revoke their support of the theater. Many of the detractors indicated they feel that by producing this play, we are anti-police. That could not be further from the truth. The Providence Police Department has helped Trinity Rep in innumerable ways for decades. Just this past summer, the Providence police sent a few officers over to the theater to make sure our young students were dismissed safely at the end of the day. They are a vital part of this community, and we honor and respect their service and professionalism.

Theater is, by its very nature, a political act. It can and should be provocative as well as entertaining. It also serves a critical role by bringing a community together to reflect on the issues of our time. "Every 28 Hours" captures history in the making, as our country grapples with a changing racial demographic; with police officer training and the role of guns in our society; and with the mass incarceration of a large segment of our society. No matter where you stand, there is no debating that these are important issues to ponder and discuss. What better place for our community to come together peacefully to reflect on these topics than at the state theater of Rhode Island?

read more here: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151031/OPINION/151039891

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trinity Repertory Company Performs Every 28 Hours, A One-Minute Play Festival

Trinity Repertory Company Performs Every 28 Hours, A One-Minute Play Festival by Wendy Jane

The anticipation of the packed audience, young and old, black, white, and brown, in the intimate Dowling Theater at Trinity Rep was in the air, as the Extraordinary Rendition Band–a street band open to all,with a mission to bring attention to selected causes, paraded onto the stage–drums, brass and percussion, and rag-tag red outfits in full glory. After a softly sung We Shall Overcome, a young woman from the band spoke while the band continued to play. She spoke of the injustices that this audience seemed sadly all too well aware of–the killings of far too many young, unarmed, black men and women, mostly at the hands of police officers.

After the band finished, Joe Wilson, Jr., actor and playwright with Trinity Rep, stepped onstage. Mr. Wilson shared with us, that despite the hateful comments that appeared on social media regarding the announcement of the local Every 28 Hours performance, the show was being held, and that this very action “is how we move things forward, with art and love, and theater.” We learned that Wilson was a part of a group of actors and playwrights from around the country who visited Ferguson, Missouri last week to meet with the One-Minute Play Festival group, learn the methodology of going out into the community to gather stories, create plays and then take the plays back to their own communities. Yet, Trinity Rep is the only theater doing the show this week, while most other groups will premiere the Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival some time next year.

Wilson further explained how he and the other artists met with community leaders, residents, the faith community, and the school that Michael Brown attended to learn about how the events of Ferguson have impacted individuals, and their community. There were many interviews culled, but Wilson noted that the interviewers were not allowed to take notes, but to connect more intimately through conversation. Conducting the interview in pairs, Wilson said, allowed one artist to catch something said, or a certain mannerism that the other might have missed. Writing solely from inspiration derived from these connections, the artists gathered to write their plays–all of this taking place in one short week.

Wilson’s passion shined brightly as he spoke, and he became emotional when he dedicated this show’s performance to Dr. Barbara Meek, a long-time company member of Trinity Rep, a woman Wilson said taught him how to be inquisitive, and whom he loved dearly.

As we braced ourselves for the eighty, one-minute plays that we were about to witness–plays written by playwrights and actors from near and far, and acted by scores of actors, as well as students from all over the city–Wilson asked us to consider “every minute as a heartbeat, a snapshot of the world..” and that with each snapshot, we hear a different story, and get a more inclusive, better picture of the world we live in.

read more here: http://wendyjanegrossman.com/2015/10/29/trinity-repertory-theater-performs-every-28-hours-at-one-minute-play-festival/

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A.C.T. Stage Coach Presents: Every 28 Hours

A.C.T. Stage Coach Presents: Every 28 Hours: An Investigation of the Events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Black Lives in America

After a week-long residency in St. Louis, Missouri, A.C.T. Stage Coach will host a reading of new plays developed during phase one of the Every 28 Hours project. This project was created through a partnership between Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the One-Minute Play Festival. Our FREE event is part of phase two of the project: a national call to action involving simultaneous performances at theater companies around the country.

Join us for an evening of new work exploring this current moment for civil rights and racial justice in America. This event will include audience engagement activities before and after the performance and will feature guest appearances by local artists and activists. Check back for more details soon!

For more information and to reserve your free tickets, please email stagecoach@act-sf.org. 
Seating is limited.
When: Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Where: The Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater | 1127 Market Street, San Francisco

For more information about Every 28 Hours:

For more information about A.C.T. Stage Coach: http://www.actsf.org/home/education/stagecoach.html

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Joe Wilson Jr. and Every 28 Hours at Trinity Repertory Company

Joe Wilson Jr. and Every 28 Hours at Trinity Repertory Company

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Trinity Rep using minute-long plays to explore police shootings of blacks

Trinity Rep using minute-long plays to explore police shootings of blacks
"We're working to bring attention to the systematic killing of people of color by the police."
By Channing Gray 
Journal Arts Writer

Photo from Erin X Smithers

Not one to shy away from the tough issues of the times, Trinity Repertory Company is staging a free festival of minute-long plays Monday night that deal with the rash of police shootings that have left young black men dead. Last week, writers and theater people from across the country gathered in St. Louis to pen dozens of mini-dramas inspired by the events last year in neighboring Ferguson, where violence erupted after the police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen.

The plays, which could number as many as 90, were to be performed over the weekend in St. Louis and Ferguson before heading to stages in San Francisco and Providence, one of the first cities to take part in this extensive national project.

Related content Gamm, 2nd Story plays delve into racial unrest"We're working to bring attention to the systematic killing of people of color by the police," said Kate Kataja, one of the producers of Monday night's festival. "It's a response to people of color being killed with regularity that is unacceptable."

One of the playwrights who spent last week in St. Louis is Trinity actor Joe Wilson Jr., who is working on his own play about jazz great Billy Strayhorn. Wilson spent time talking with students in Brown's high school, and was given 12 hours to write a play about a game the students played to help them cope with Brown's death.

read more here http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151026/NEWS/151029506

Mini-plays roused by Ferguson come to Providence

Mini-plays roused by Ferguson come to Providence By Alana Cerrone 

Wilson was part of a group of playwrights that went to Ferguson to listen to the community's stories. "We too in this community could stand to have a hard discussion about race." That's the goal of the Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival - a nationwide project that's debuting at Trinity Rep. “Some of us were inspired by our conversations with students, community leaders, police officers were involved..." The project is based on the contested statistic that says every 28 hours, a person of color is killed by police. "We want to provide as many viewpoints as possible, and as many snapshots as possible." Those snapshots of Ferguson are now coming to Providence, in the form of 1-minute plays. So far, the reception hasn't been all positive. Trinity Rep’s Artistic Director Curt Columbus says, "you can't imagine the phone calls and emails I've gotten from people." Critics are worried that the plays will be one-sided, but organizers are hopeful. "The purpose of tonight is not division…the purpose of tonight is to have a conversation about something that's incredibly important."

read more here: http://www.abc6.com/story/30354956/mini-plays-roused-by-ferguson-come-to-providence