Friday, October 14, 2016

The Every 28 Hours Plays in Southern Oregon

Our Every 28 Hours Plays reading in Southern Oregon was an emotionally moving, diverse, virtuosic, collaboration across theaters, schools, and community where we encountered hard truths and difference as well as the things that bring us together.

Our reading on the evening of October 10 at 7:30 in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Angus Bowmer Theater included 74 performers, 14 directors, 11 production staff members, and an audience of 492. The pay what you can event brought in over $6000. After we reconcile the books profits will be donated to The Ashland Racial Equity Coalition. The lobby was filled with beautiful quilt panels reflecting on gun violence made by local community members and artists around the nation (http://www.visionquilt.org/), people tabling for social justice with Unite Oregon, the Police and Sheriff tabling to answer questions and share about their upcoming Unconscious Bias training, Tons of flyers for groups doing diverse art and creating spaces for professional development around issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as groups connecting for support and action.

The audience included the Mayor of Ashland, other politicians, OSF, board members, donors, and patrons, family and friends of our performers, TCG Fellows, and our local community. Hearing their roar was very moving and we are sorry that audience had to be turned away from this sold out event. It truly renewed our faith in our community to be in the space for 2 ½ hours with everyone.


The 73 plays staged were rehearsed primarily on Monday morning and a few groups rehearsed during the days before. Highlights included the soaring music from Miriam Laube’s direction of the Police section, the suicide runs added to the protest section, the over 21 high-school students staging the Youth section, the mix of community and OSF Company on stage, and the depth and emotional clarity added to so many plays. We could go on and on. It was truly a thrilling and revelatory process. The transitions were covered with live music from Christiana Clarke, Jordon Barbour, Ivan Payne with mash-ups of songs like U.N.I.T.Y, Fight the Power, Unforgivable Blackness, Sound of da Police, and others. Each one had thematic resonance and gorgeous harmonies.

The evening ended with a moving post show discussion led by Robert Goodwin and Amrita Ramanan. A few highlights included the story of the black actor whose mother is in the police, the story of the white woman who used her white privilege to interrupt a white cop racial profiling a black man, the college student telling us to vote, the person of color speaking about racism and micro-aggression, the culture worker inviting people to join them in doing the WORK in Oregon.


Comment cards from Audience 
“Moving, Poetic presentation of reality”
 “I wish we learned more about political systems that allow this violence to continue… Beautiful production. Earth Shaking. I was brought to tears, laughter, red with anger but mostly LOVE.”
Comment card from Audience: Very powerful, something that needed to be done. Amazing Speechless!”
" Powerful, necessary, Thank you. Gracias!”
" Powerful and emotional. I can’t think of a stronger more honest medium for this message in Ashland. Thank you from my heart”

Facebook Comments

Mahalath Gordon: “I'm incredibly honored to have been asked to act in these Black Lives Matter, Every 28 Hours Plays presented by OSF. Thank you Claudia Alick for inviting me to participate, thank you for making this happen and bringing this to our town. I had no idea a black person is killed in this country by the police every 28 hours! Being in this play was immensely healing for me because police brutality towards people of color has affected me so deeply. I'm also very grateful for the Ashland police department because I've only encountered kind and compassionate police who make me feel safe in this town. And thank you to my daughter and mom (Mahari Bryan & Stella Burden) for coming to watch and support. If you didn't get a chance to watch this play find a way to see it at some point. They are going on continually and it's so important that we are all part of the conversation for change and peace. #BlackLivesMatter, #Every28Hours, #OSF, #Ashland, #PleaseStopKillingUs, #IDontWantToBeAHashtag”

Jayne Dutra: “A gripping, powerful community production”

Rosie Mountain: “Thank you everyone who made this all happen... My mind is just blown away. I took my 15 year old and I can say one thing our youth are our future!!!!! Educate them give them awareness!!! Let them get un comfortable let yourself get un comfortable!! So we can start feeling comfortable! Again thank you everyone for putting in such hard work and giving it such heart and soul 💗 And whaaaat almost a full house!! I know folks are gonna be calling the box office letting us know how fantastic this was!! I cant wait to listen to all the feed back from our patrons !”

Janelle Wilson: “We just got back from watching The Every 28 Hours Plays: Southern Oregon. Wow. Extremely powerful. Feeing grateful for my community and inspired to help be part of positive change here. Thank you to Claudia Alick, Matthew Reynolds, everyone who made tonight possible, the incredible actors, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and all who shared in this evening. Love y'all. Facebook fam: Google this production and look for it near you. #every28hours #every28hoursplays”


Jess Carr: “Last night's Every 28 Hours Plays event at OSF has left me breathless, honored, and motivated. This is by and large the biggest and most important project I have contributed to, and there simply aren't enough words to encapsulate the emotions tied to that gravity; to my talented, fierce community and collaborators. I'm so proud of our community ("U-N-I-T-Y my Community") for showing up in big way. It was a sold out show, with lines from the box office stretching down the road. It was incredible to see these plays on our stage. I was in Ferguson almost exactly a year ago when we created and developed the collection, and have been working with the national cohort since then. Watching from the audience last night, the flashbacks to that time in St. Louis were overwhelmingly powerful. The voices of all the people who started this project were in the room with us. In the plays you wrote. In the work you developed. In your generous spirits. You are all so very loved. Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks to everyone near and far who helped make this immense undertaking a success. The artistry was profound. The need to have these conversations is evident. The work MUST continue!! I tried to tag everyone here, but there are so many of you that it broke Facebook! I'm gonna try again, though. Because there is so much power and strength in our ranks. #blacklivesmatter #every28hours Jake Margolin Lily Junker Derek Kolluri Joan Lipkin Jacqueline Thompson Heidi Van Eric Coble Chelsea Gregory Robert Goodwin Nemuna Ceesay Julie Cortez Alex Lydon Catherine Castellanos Cassondra Fetty Claudia Alick Amadon Jaeger Marty K. Casey Mariah Richardson Adam M. Flores Rebecca Struch Rebecca Martinez Kamilah Long Dawn Monique Williams Cameron Davis Raquan Smith Damarkys Go Hard Butler, Dominique Fulton II, Alicia Like, Erin Renée Roberts, Soupy Alan David Andrea Purnell Terrence Strong Nikkole Salter Mark Plesent Chantal Jean-Pierre Darius Stubbs Matt Belanger”

Betsy Bishop : “Thank you, OSF, Claudia Alick, and the hundreds of amazing artists involved in "Every 28 Hours." A wonderful and powerful night. So proud of our 9 AHS directors and actors in the Youth Section. What an experience! #Every28hours”


OUR TEAM


Producer: Claudia Alick

Lead Assistant: Producer Jess Carr
Assistant Producers: Cassondra Fetty, Dawn Monique Williams, Adriana Sanchez
Stage Manager: Heath Belden*
Production Assistant: Emily Robinson
Lighting Design: James Irvine
Sound Engineer: Amadon Jaeger
Sound Technician: Scott Kelly
Costume and Prop Design: Heather DeBey
Projection Design & Technician: Benajah Cobb
Music: “Kaddish” by Maurice Ravel and “Rebirth of a Nation” by Cedric Lamar
Pre- & Post-Show Planning Committee: Taylor Bailey, Tarah Dougherty, Robert Goodwin, Amrita Ramanan Program: Beth Bardossi, Amy Miller
Directors: Claudia Alick, Leah Anderson*, Catherine Castellanos*, Nemuna Ceesay*, Christiana Clark*, Robert Goodwin*, Miriam A Laube*, Julia Laurenson, Kamilah Long, Barret O’Brien*, Grace Pruitt, Matthew Reynolds, Amelia Sorensen, Dawn Monique Williams
Performers: Claudia Alick, Levi Andersen, Taylor Bailey, Jordan Barbour*, J. Cameron Barnett*, Elise Marie Bellamy, Reed Bentley, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Connor Bryant, Catherine Castellanos*, Flora Chavez, Yvette Monique Clark*, Daniella Cobb, Rebecca L. Curtis, Cameron Davis, Leo Decker, Mason Decker, Tarah Dougherty, Dominique Francis, Mollie Frederick, Quinci Freedom, Darwin Garrett, Iris Goldie, Jeannine Grizzard, Justin Harris, Josh Houghton, Kate Hurster*, Jamin Hutchings, Briawna Jackson, Taylor Symone Jackson**, Chalise Kadin, Korrin Kenerly, Cameron Kolpak, Jared Lawrence, Amy Lizardo, Tatiana Lofton, Susan Lynsky*, Tamra Mathias, Michael McDonald, Preston Mead, Christiana Meadows, Samantha Miller, Preston Montgomery, Carolina Morones, Laurena Mullins, Naomi Nelson, Tricia Patrick, Emily Patterson, Annie Paul, Dylan Paul*, Cesar Perez, Grace Pruitt, Amrita Ramanan, Liam Rauch-Moore, Nancy Rodriguez*, Shanique S. Scott, Caroline Shaffer*, David Shih*, Phoenix Sigalove, Amelia Sorensen, Stephen Michael Spencer*, Sadie Swartwout, Timothy Taylor, Tramell Tillman*, Jade Chavis Watt, Mahalath Wealthy, Kendra West, Jessie Whitt, Kenyon Whyte, Peter Wickliffe, Kent Wilson, Maddison Woodward, Candace Youngans
Community supporters and participants: Ashland Community Counseling, Ashland High School, Ashland Police Department, The Sheriff of Jackson County, Chautauqua Poets & Writers, City of Ashland, Collaborative Theatre Project, Crater Renaissance Academy, Lotus Rising Project, Northwest Pizza Co., Racial Equity Coalition, Southern Oregon University’s Oregon Center for the Arts, Temple Emek Shalom, Unite Oregon, The Arson, United Way of Jackson County, Vision Quilt
Special thanks to Ari Roth for his play “BLM Platform Genocide Walk”

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ** AEA Professional Theatre Intern +member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union 

“We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.”

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