Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays On Trayvon, Race And Privilege

1044138_10151974808124620_1519251404_nDr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT)  in association with The New Black Fest present Facing Our Truth:
10 minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege

February 5 – 10, 2014.
[the first full production]

Opening on February 5th 2014, Trayvon Martin’s birthday, this limited engagement is apart of National Black Theatre’s Black History Month programming. This is a great piece for the whole family to attend. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online: www.nationalblacktheatre.org

or by calling the theatre directly at (212) 722-3800

Learn the creative team!!

The plays will be performed by a powerful ensemble of 10 actors under the direction of Ebony Golden and Axel Avin Jr.

Actors include: Maechi Aharanwa (Artistic Associate at Classical Theatre of Harlem), TJ Allen, Paris Campbell, Khadim Diop (Member of Impact Theatre), Marisa Duchowny (Day Emmy Nominee), Renee Floresca, C.K. Kelly, Cedric Leiba and to round out the ensemble Chinaza Uche (last seen in NBT’s Last Saint on Sugar Hill).

The creative team for this production is comprised of Val Jeanty (sound designer), Alan Edwards (lighting designer), Paul Piekarz (projection designer) and Alfredo Macias (stage manager).

More on Facing Our Truth

Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, Facing Our Truth is a collection of plays written by eight (8) diverse playwrights: Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller, Dan O’Brien with Grammy Award-Winner Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, and A. Rey Pamatmat. In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, the playwrights were asked to write short plays that challenge all of us to question our positions on race and privilege in this country. Each performance has been paired with a special Community Engagement event which are listed on NBT’s
website, nationalblacktheatre.org.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS:

OPENING NIGHT
February 5, 2014
In celebration of life, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) will open Facing Our Truth, and #HoodiesUp: Art Exhibit. The evening will feature six (6) ten-minute plays in response to the verdict of the George Zimmerman case, with the intention to challenge us all and question our position on race and privilege in this country. In addition to that NBT will host a reception afterward sponsored by Tonni’s Minnis that will showcase hoodies created by visual artist within the community and a original score from DJ Val. The night will open with a libation in celebration of the life for our ancestors.

#HoodiesUP : Art Exhibit
February 5 – 10, 2014
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) has invited community organizations and individual visual artist alike to take the iconic hoodie and explore the topic of how the clothes we wear define who we are. The exhibit is entitled #HoodiesUP and will be unveiled after the 7:30 show of Facing Our Turth. The whole exhibit will run until February 10 at the National Black Theatre.

YOUTH DAY & SPEAK OUT
February 7, 2014
Stemmed from the idea that the youth presence was overlooked in the Zimmerman trial, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) will host an open-mic-night to allow the youth in the community to speak out to the community. The youth will be encouraged to speak about what they saw the impacted them during the production, about the trial, along with the topic of race and privilege in this country.

Symposium:
Face to Face with our Truth
February 8, 2014 after 2pm show
To further the conversation brought on by these touching plays, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) will host a symposium with the intent to answer the question “How are we raising our youth?”

CLOSING NIGHT:
Discussion w/ Playwrights
February 10, 2014
Get to meet the voice behind the words, closing out the limited engagement of Facing Our Truth speak with some of the playwrights that are the creative juices behind work.

Join the show and get your tickets at www.nationalblacktheatre.org