Last August I went to St. Louis County where we produced the Ferguson Moment Project in collaboration with artists from around the country. Now we are producing EVERY 28 HOURS in collaboration with the One-Minute Play Festival (artistic director Dominic D’Andrea), theaters from all over the country, and hundreds of artists, a national theater project in two phases. The first phase is this year October 18-22 where we will be traveling to St. Louis County to produce three readings of 60-90 one-minute plays on the subject of the Black Lives Matter movement happening across the USA. These readings are being produced in three different site specific spaces for maximum access by the community in St. Louis County. Partnering theaters and institutions across the country are sending artists and covering their expenses for a week while we write/rehearse our staged readings.
We are partnering with different theaters in St. Louis and have many theaters across the country on board so far. Our local producer Jacqueline Thompson is confirming actors and playwrights in St. Louis. The second phase will be the national partner theaters engaging with these plays in their own communities in October of 2016. This project is being produced “stone soup style” with all artists and collaborators volunteering what they can in art, resources, or ideas to make it happen. We’re also doing a small indigogo campaign to raise money to supplement travel cost for artists from theaters that cannot cover travel costs. Our method is anti-colonialist and inclusive and the goal is to create a body of work that reflects the conversation the United States in involved in. We’d love to collaborate with you in any way.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Claudia Alick, Producer) One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director), and are partnering to produce Every 28 Hours: a national partnership with a focus on the widely shared statistic, that every 28 hours in America, a black person is killed by the police. Sixty to ninety plays about this historic time in civil rights written by playwrights from across the nation, with participation from theaters and artists across the U.S. will be read in site specific venues in St. Louis County in October 23 and 24 2015 with St. Louis Producer Jacqueline Thompson.
Collaborators include: Richard Montoya, Ralph Remington, Dominique Morriseau, Liza Jesse Peterson, Stew, Rickerby Hinds, Robert Schenkkan, Aurin Squire, Idris Goodwin, Jim Mcmanus, Shishir Kurup, Robert Alexander, Zakiyyah Alexander, Larissa FastHorse, Tavia Nyongo, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, The Black Rep, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, That Uppity Theatre Company, St Louis Rep Theater, Salt House Collective, Trinity Rep, The Team, Know Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Voices United, Sojourn Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Urban Theater Movement, Fishtank Performance Studio, Cleveland Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, ACT, and The National Black Theater.
Claudia Alick, Associate Producer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, produces the events that bring OSF into artistic collaboration with our community such as “The Green Show”, The Daedalus Project, and Juneteenth. She develops hip-hop based projects like Mixing Texts, the Hip-hop Boot Camp, and OSF Open Mics as well as producing audio-plays with OSF such as the Grammy nominated Hamlet. Named by American Theater Magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will shape American Theater in the next 25 years, Alick has served as the Artistic Director of Smokin’ Word Productions, is a playwright, and is a member of the award winning NY Neofuturists, and featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She is a winner of a NYC Fresh Fruit directing award. Her latest one person Show “Fill in the Blank” exploring disability and the medical industry was last performed in the 2013 OSF’s Presents series. Described by Bob Holman as a “Sexy librarian” her fiery, inspirational, and often humorous poetry looks at race, identity, and the struggle to be human. She serves on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters.