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Poetic Theater Productions is an NYC theater company working with poets & playwrights to create a visceral, poetic theater

Poetic License 2015

Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Poetic License is Poetic Theater Productions’ annual festival of new poetic theater, which has grown from five days to three weeks in the past four years. The fourth annual Poetic License features two fully realized productions of exciting new poetic plays written by company members, a reading series of six new works of poetic theater identified through an open submission process, and three special events: Breaking Our Silence, a celebration of LGBT voices; Love, Redefined, remixes, and re-imaginings of traditional love poems in celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love; and Generation Now, a showcase of youth voices in poetic theater in partnership with Urban Word NYC, Girl Be Heard, Dare Tactic, viBe Theater Experience and Earsay Youth Voices.  

 

The festival runs from February 5-22nd

at the Wild Project, located at 195 East 3rd Street in New York City’s East Village

 

The world premiere of:

Paradox of the Urban Cliché

A hustler desperate to get off the block, Ceez comes face to face with both his dreams and his fears one fateful night, giving him the power to change his life forever. Full of passionate love, hip-hop rhythms, and indicative of recent events, PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHÉ examines the strength it takes to withstand the Agents of Authority that trap us in the hood of our mind.

 

Written by Craig 'muMs' Grant

Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Featuring Morgan James Nichols*, Tré Davis*, Eboni Flowers* and Jaime Lincoln Smith*,

Stage Managed by Sarah Devon Ford*

Lighting Design by Derek Miller

Video Design by David Palmer

Technical Direction by Ori Bensimhon

Costumes Design by Liene Dobraja

Sound Design by Julian Evans

Properties Design by Travis Bell

Set Design by Paul DePoo III

Dramaturgy by Lauren Whitehead

 

Post-Show discussions will take place after several performances. More details TBD.

 

Performances:

Thursday February 5th at 8PM

Saturday February 7th at 8PM

Sunday February 8th at 7PM

Wednesday February 11th at 8PM (Official Opening)

Friday February 13th at 8PM

Sunday February 15th at 7PM

Monday February 16th at 8PM (President's Day)

Thursday February 19th at 8PM

Saturday February 21st Matinee at 3PM

Sunday February  22nd Matinee at 3PM (Closing)

 

The world premiere of:

Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates

In the infancy of the war, Iraq is already filled with ghosts. The lives of four U.S Marines, a French reporter and four Iraqis are forever changed after an errant mortar round kills a child during the rush to Baghdad. Phantoms haunt the people of a burning Baghdad, trying to prevent the bloodletting to come, and as Sadaam’s statue falls in Firdos Square, the Marines and Iraqis are forced together in a moment which will test their humanity, empathy and potential for forgiveness.

 

Written by Maurice Decaul

Directed by Alex Mallory

Featuring Ali Andre Ali, Victory Chappotin, Fahim Hamid*, Ankur Rathee, Temesgen Tocruray, Nabil Viñas, Perri Yaniv* and Katie Zaffrann*

Stage Managed by Abby Vincent

Lighting Design by Derek Miller

Video Design by Brad Peterson

Technical Direction by Ori Bensimhon

Costumes Design by Liene Dobraja

Sound Design by Jamie A. Diaz

Properties Design by Travis Bell

Set Design by Paul DePoo III
Assistant Direction by Jessica Barnhill

 

 

Performances:

Friday February 6th at 8PM

Saturday February 7th Matinee at 3PM

Monday February 9th at 8PM

Tuesday February 10th at 8PM (Official Opening)

Thursday February 12th at 8PM

Sunday February 15th Matinee at 3PM

Monday February 16th Matinee at 3PM (President's Day)

Tuesday February 17th at 8PM

Wednesday February 18th at 8PM

Saturday February 21st at 8PM (Closing)

 

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

 

6@6 Reading Series:

 

All readings will be taking place at 6PM.


Monday, February 9th: Soldier Love: An Aerial Play by Helen Banner
Thursday, February 12th: Milk by Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Friday, February 13th:
39 Hours In the Soviet City of Roses by Dwayne Yancey

Tuesday, February 17th: The History of Pigtails by Aissa Martell

Wednesday, February 18th: Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt By Allison Zajac Batell

Thursday, February 19th: We Lost Ourselves by Ryan F. Johnson

 

The 6@6 Reading Series brings in six new poetic works from artists not only in New York, but throughout the country. The reading series allows playwrights the ability to have their work read and workshopped in the time leading up to the festival where they then have a lightly staged reading allowing the playwright to see how an audience reacts to their work. Readings that have been performed in previous festivals have been written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Darian Dauchan, and Craig ‘muMs’ Grant.

 

Generation Now!

Saturday February 8th at 3PM is the 3rd Annual showcase of youth voices featuring new poetic work including coming-of-age stories & perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches by youth participating in viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Dare Tactic, and Earsay Youth Voices.


About the Organizations:

viBe Theater Experience:

Original theater and music about real-life issues written and performed by New York City teenage girls.  viBe’s intensive, free programs engage, inspire and empower girls (ages 13-19) to write, create, publish, direct and perform personal and truthful collaborative theater and music about the real-life issues they face daily.  viBe provides a safe, creative space for girls to express their voices, take on challenges and gain the self-confidence necessary to succeed personally, artistically and academically.  Since 2002, more than 60 viBe productions have brought free theater, live musical performances, music videos and radio plays to thousands of diverse audience members, changing their perceptions about the kind of art that young women can create.


Girl Be Heard:

Girl Be Heard uses theater as a vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders while exploring their own challenging circumstances.  Girl Be Heard is a not-for-profit theater collective and educational program.  Their curriculum develops and strengthens girls' voices.  They provide a safe environment to girls to write, direct, and perform theater productions under the guidance of professional directors, playwrights, actors, activists, and intellectuals.  Girl Be Heard's school and community-based programs engage company members - young women age 12-21- through a series of writing prompts, readings, theatre exercises and discussions addressing a variety of issues that have included identity (race, class, sexual orientation, ability), body image, suicide, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, gun violence, sex trafficking, forced child marriage, violence against women and girls, and civil and human rights.  The Girl Be Heard philosophy is "If a girl can change her own life, she can change the lives of girls everywhere."


Dare Tactic:

The Dare Tactic is a creative group with the mission of cultivating creativity in all forms. We "dare" each other to do the work we want to see. We kicked off the year with sold out performances of our original production HOPELESS written and directed by Vinny Eden Ortega.


EarSay Youth Voices: Transforming Trauma Into Art:

EarSay Youth Voices is a non-profit arts organization based in Queens, NY. The program was founded by actress/writer/radio producer Judith Sloan, born out of EarSay’s partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of their workshops is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre, storytelling and radio production. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of the commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global  tension, and polarization, their program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, and shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.

 

Love, Redefined

Saturday February 14th (Valentines Day) at 8PM

Poetic Theater Productions’ fifth annual celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love featuring poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs by more than ten incredible poets & playwrights responding to traditional sonnets and love poems.  Inspiration poems and newly developed pieces are presented side-by-side.  Previous years included inspiration pieces by William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, Ghandi, Audre Lorde, John Donne, George Herbert, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, e. e. cummings and more.

Directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward and Dontonio Demarco

Featuring new work by Mahogany L. Browne, Everett Cox, Gina Femia, Reginald Flood, Nicole Goodwin, Dipika Guha, Ish Islam, Teniece Divya Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Jenny Pacanowski, Yadira De La Riva, Keomi Tarver, Jeanann Verlee, Catherine Weingarten, and Tanaya Winder.

Live Music by The Mighty Third Rail

Cast TBA

 

 

Breaking Our Silence

February 20, 2015 at 8:00pm A celebration of LBGTQ voices sharing their experiences of coming out, finding love, breaking the silence and speaking out!

 

Written by and featuring: Ty Defoe, Timothy DuWhite, Sentell Harper, Joanna Hoffman, Sam Laroche, Charan P. Morris and Storm Thomas

Director: Daniel Banks

 

"This year's edition of Breaking Our Silence focuses on thriving. The performers have worked together durig a brief workshop period to link their narratives of how they got to the present moment and where they are going. While it is critical to acknowledge the struggles and oppressions we all face, we also celebrate our successes and the fact that we make the choice to thrive and survive! We hope our stories will inspire others." -Danial Banks, director