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The First Annual Conscious Language

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 21:25

 

 

 

From August 18-20, Poetic Theater Productions will present Conscious Language: three days of workshops, conversation and performance curated by muMs (HBO's "Oz") on how poets and theater makers can use their words to create a socially conscious theater of language. Featuring a workshop for poets on turning poetry into theater culminating in performance, a panel on the importance of the spoken word featuring leaders in the hip hop theater community, and featured performances by some of the city's finest spoken word poets.  TO APPLY TO THE WORKSHOP: Submit a 5-10 page sample of your poetry in PDF format to [email protected] by Monday, July 14, 2014 for consideration. Please feel free to also submit video links. Please include your name and contact information.

2014 Summer Auditions!

on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 16:10
POETIC THEATER AUDITIONS MAY 24 & 28
 

Announcing general auditions for readings and workshops in Poetic Theater Productions' 2014 Season, as well as for understudy roles for the national tour of Takeo Rivera's Goliath. The workshops will not have a public performance component, but participating actors will be considered for the upcoming productions.  
 
Summer: workshops for "Ricky's Way" and "Paradox of the Urban Cliche" and tour rehearsals for Goliath  

Fall: monthly reading series 

"Back" auditions have been postponed for the time being.
 
Separate auditions will be held in Fall 2014 for February 2015 AEA showcase productions of "Ricky's Way" and "Paradox of the Urban Cliche". 
 
All shows are poetic in nature. We are seeking actors who can handle text and rhythm with ease. In addition, we will be casting readings throughout our season, so if you are interested in poetic theater, we'd love to meet you. 

 
Audition Date: Wednesday, May 28th: 2-10PM and Thursday, May 29th: 2-10PM
 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Goliath 
Written by Takeo Rivera; 
Directed by Alex Mallory; 
rehearsals begin June 2014; 
seeking: 4M, 3F understudies for national tour 2014-2015

DAVID
(18-25, male, any ethnicity) young male soldier, equally numbed by and haunted with guilt and terror 

CATHERINE
(35-55, female, any ethnicity) middle-aged woman, hard-working, dignified, humble, with a quiet passion 

PAUL
(35-55, male, any ethnicity) middle-aged man, stern with high expectations, traditional, pragmatic, insecure about disappointments 

SANDY
(20-28, female, any ethnicity) young woman with a loud passion, counter-cultural; a firebrand who's accepted herself when no one else has 

JOHNNY
(18-25, male, any ethnicity) young man with blue-collar sensibilities, equal parts tough and profane, ball-busting yet honorable 

GABRIEL
(20-40, male, any ethnicity): a drill sergeant, 'the epitome of masculinity'. 

MARIA
(18-25, female, any ethnicity): young woman, who, like David, forced by circumstances to grow up faster than expected. 

 

Paradox of the Urban Cliche 
Written by Craig 'muMs' Grant; 
Director TBD; 
Workshop summer 2014 (auditions for 2015 AEA Showcase production will take place in September); 
seeking: 4M, 1F 

CEEZ
(28-32, male, African American) street energy. commandment of NYC colloquialisms. A Harlem hustler/ drug dealer with dreams of getting off the block, somehow. 

SMILES
(23-27, female, African American) hardened street girl. Commandment of NYC colloquialisms A disillusioned Harlem girl who fights her past demons in an effort the get off the block.  

AUTHORITY
(35+, male, any ethnicity) an authoritative figure who questions Ceez hard in order to get to his truth. 

MOHAMMAD
(35+, male, Middle Eastern) Thick Middle Eastern Accent.  Runs a mini mart on the corner where Ceez and Dice gamble and sell drugs.  Has a family. Recently lost a lot of business due to the Food Mart opening up nearby. For the purposes of this workshop the actor playing Mohammad will also be part of a chorus version of Authority (see Authority character description).

DICE DUDE/AGENT OF AUTHORITY
(28-32, male, African American) The assistant to Authority. As Dice Dude, Ceez nemesis on the block. commandment of NYC colloquialisms.  

 

Ricky's Way 
Written by Maurice Decaul; 
Directed by Alex Mallory; 
Workshop summer 2014 (auditions for 2015 AEA Showcase production will take place in September); 
seeking 4M 

BABYFACE
(18-22, male, Latino) Private First Class (PFC) David “BABYFACE” Estrada-Ortega. 18 or 19. New to the Marines. 

THE HITMAN
(22-25, male, African American) Corporal (Cpl) Ricky Ricardo “THEHITMAN” Davis About to turn 23 in a few days. He is a veteran of Kosovo, which is where he earned his nickname. 

THE ELDERLY MAN
(60s, male, Arab) Speaks Arabic. He has come to bury the dead. His scenes are spoken in Arabic. 

YOUNG STRONGMAN
(30s, male, Arab) Companion to the Elderly Man. Speaks no English but is fluent in Russian and Spanish. His scenes are spoken in Spanish. 

 

Generation Now and Breaking Our Silence Rescheduled for April 7!

on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:07

GENERATION NOW and the 2nd installment of BREAKING OUR SILENCE have been rescheduled for Monday, April 7th at Wild Project! 

Doors for Generation Now open at 6:30PM, doors for Breaking Our Silence will open at 8:30PM. 
Buy tickets now! https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/dept/995

GENERATION NOW
Monday, April 7 @ Wild Project
Doors @ 6:30, Show @ 7
Tickets: $10 Students, $15 General Admission.

Youth performers from viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Generation Why, EarSay, Inc.Youth Voices & Urban Word NYC perform a collection of coming-of-age stories & perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches.
 

BREAKING OUR SILENCE
Monday, April 7th @ Wild Project
Doors @ 8:30PM, Show @ 9PM
Part of the Poetic License Cabaret Series

Spend a night with all-star queer poets and musicians, sharing their experiences of coming out, finding love, breaking the silence and speaking out! Featuring Joanna Hoffman, queer folk-pop duo Anna/Kate with Jayne Quan, Charan P. Morris, Casey Rocheteau, Tim DuWhite and Sam LaRoche. 

Thursday Shows Cancelled, Weekend Shows are On!

on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 21:11

Due to weather concerns for Thursday, we have decided to postpone both Generation Now and Breaking Our Silence. We are working on rescheduling both events for a to-be-announced date in April. 

Friday through Sunday shows are happening as planned! Please join us Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the final four shows in Poetic License! 

Friday Feb 14 at 8PM, $15 
Love, Redefined 
Poetic Theater Productions’ fourth annual celebration of non-commercial, non-traditional love featuring dozens of artists responding to Shakespearean love scenes and traditional love poems with musical, poetic and theatrical remixes, re-imaginings and riffs. Featuring brand new scenes written by Aziza D. Barnes, Maria Alexandria Beech, Gina Femia, Kelley Nicole Girod, Chisa Hutchinson, Caroline Rothstein and Sita Sarkar, and the NYC premiere of "The Relationship Resume," a persona poem short film by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai.

Directed by Dennis A. Allen II, Julia Goldstein, Alex Mallory and Taylor Reynolds. 

 

Saturday Feb 15 at 8PM, $15
Goliath by Takeo Rivera
Returning home from a war without purpose, David searches for his remaining humanity while his family and friends try to reconcile this war-torn veteran with their beloved son, brother, husband and friend. Poetic Theater Productions’ award-winning production, Goliath returns to NYC for one night only on the heels of its California tour to Stanford University, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 

 

Saturday Feb 8 and 15 at 10PM, $15
Love and War by Keomi Tarver 
Experimenting with the connection between artists, Keomi uses dance and poetry to welcome the vulnerability that love and war brings to the surface to show to opposing extremes can occupy the same space all in one show. This work is meant to ask all the hard questions we keep tucked away due to fear, leaving us exposed and eventually free.

Featuring Keomi Tarver, Jayson Smith, Efeya Sampson, Kristen Smith, Autumn Oftedal, Sharifa Linton, Samantha Garvin, Candace Tabbs, Keith Alexander, Natasha Corbie, Petra Claiborne, Nicolette Fox, Anthony McPherson, Jeanann Verlee, Tiffany Neal, & Kat Magill

 

Sunday Feb 16 at 6PM, $15
YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide by Judith Sloan
Fusing the art of theatre and music YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating and remixing a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from conflicting worlds. Performed with a live band including Miwi LaLupa, Deep Singh, Adam Hill, Lynn Ligammari, and Chesney Snow. Directed by Bob Berky. YO MISS! is a project of EarSay, developed with Viper Records and Morgan Jenness. 

 

TONIGHT! Love & War by Keomi Tarver at 10PM

on Sat, 02/08/2014 - 19:13

Saturday Feb 8 and 15 at 10PM, $15
Love and War by Keomi Tarver 
Experimenting with the connection between artists, Keomi uses dance and poetry to welcome the vulnerability that love and war brings to the surface to show to opposing extremes can occupy the same space all in one show. This work is meant to ask all the hard questions we keep tucked away due to fear, leaving us exposed and eventually free.

Featuring Keomi Tarver, Jayson Smith, Efeya Sampson, Kristen Smith, Autumn Oftedal, Sharifa Linton, Samantha Garvin, Candace Tabbs, Keith Alexander, Natasha Corbie, Petra Claiborne, Nicolette Fox, Anthony McPherson, Jeanann Verlee, Tiffany Neal, & Kat Magill

 

and don't miss One Journey tomorrow night! 

Sunday Feb 9 at 8PM, $15
One Journey by Yadira De La Riva
One Journey is a woman’s coming of age U.S./Mexico border story based in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua that uses theater, poetry, music and movement to discuss the complexities of borderland identity by confronting the effects of immigration enforcement today.

 

The Complete Festival Line-Up Is Here!

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:11

The schedule is live and tickets are on sale for the third annual festival of new poetic theater, POETIC LICENSE: Shades of Love! Click here to see the full line-up, featuring Staceyann Chin, Craig muMs Grant, and many of your favorite PTP artists! Or you can go straight to the calendar and reserve your tickets! 

Seeking poets & musicians for Love, Redefined!

on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:51

We are looking for original spoken word poetry & music celebrating non-commercial, non-traditional love. These pieces will be performed alongside Shakespearean love scenes and responses written by six talented playwrights. The performance will take place on February 14th at Wild Project as a part of POETIC LICENSE: Shades of Love, Poetic Theater Productions’ third annual festival of new poetic theater. Performers have the choice to perform at 8PM or 10PM. The only requirements are that the piece is two minutes or less and that it is memorized for the performance. Please send your submissions to [email protected] by Wednesday, January 22nd.

Love, Redefined will feature original responses to Shakespearean love scenes written by Aziza D. Barnes, Maria Alexandra Beech, Gina Femia, Kelley Nicole Girod, Caroline Rothstein and Sita Sarkar. 

Goliath on Tour

on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 13:50

Goliath is heading to the Bay Area at the end of January! Join the entire NYC team on our three day, three school tour! 

Watch the trailer now!

 

 

Monday, January 27th, 8PM
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University 
551 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA
Presented by Stanford TAPS and Poetic Theater Productions
Sponsored by ResArts and the Stanford Arts Institute. Goliath is supported in part by a grant from Stanford Associates. 
In partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service, the Stanford Military Service Network and Ram's Head Theatrical Society
Tickets available at http://taps.stanford.edu/!
Free for students, $5 general

Tuesday, January 28th, 8PM
UC BERKELEY
Durham Studio Theater
Hosted by the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies
Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, January 29th, 7PM
UC SANTA CRUZ
College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room 
Presented by the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center, College Nine/Ten and Porter College
FREE and open to the public 

 

 

Written by Takeo Rivera (Stanford '08, UC Berkeley PhD Candidate)
Directed by Alex Mallory (Stanford '08)
Produced by Poetic Theater Productions (Jeremy Karafin, Founder & Co-Artistic Director, UCSC '05)

Featuring Samantha Cooper, Dontonio Demarco, Natalia Duong (Stanford '10), Edgar Eguia, Kenneth Heaton, Monique Paige & Nabil Viñas

“Goliath explores the war before the war, the war and then the war after the war with great insight and respect. If you have a vet in your family, if you love a vet, if you honor vets go see Goliath. Take a vet with you. Please see the play. Please talk about it.” 
-Vietnam Veteran Everett Cox, The Warwick Advertiser 11/06/12 

A New York Times Community Affairs "Pick of the Week"!
Visit the show’s website at www.poetictheater.com/goliath for press, reviews, photos, video and more
 

Returning home from a war without purpose, David searches for his remaining humanity while his family and friends try to reconcile this war-torn veteran with their beloved son, brother, husband and friend. Goliath was written at Stanford University in 2006 for Ram's Head Theatrical Society's Original Winter One-Acts by Takeo Rivera '08 and directed by Alex Mallory '08. It premiered in NYC in 2011 with Poetic Theater Productions, where it has won several awards and continued to provoke public dialogue in diverse settings from universities to Off Broadway theaters about war, veterans' issues, and masculinity.
 
Goliath received an award-winning festival run in NYC, has toured the New York region to theaters and universities, and was featured as part of Culture Project's IMPACT 2012 Festival. We have partnered with Warrior Writers, Veteran Artist Program, Combat Paper Project, and many local veterans to present poetry and artwork created by veterans alongside the show and to stimulate conversation among civilians and veterans in the community. 
 

“The reason veterans don’t talk to civilians about their stories is because we think you don’t understand – but this show shows that you do understand, and that’s where the dialogue can begin” 
– US Army Veteran Martin J. Smith, post-show discussion at La Guardia Community College 05/09/13

“Saturday night, I witnessed one of the rare gifts that theatre bestows upon us from time to time—a powerful and passionately produced piece, raising important questions about the world we live in today. That piece is GOLIATH, produced by Poetic Theater Productions.” -- nytheatre.com, June 9, 2011

 

 

 

 

Submissions Open for Poetic License!

on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 12:48

The festival is coming! Now two weeks long! 

Now seeking submissions for:


 

POETIC LICENSE
6@6 Reading Series
February 3-14, 2014
The Wild Project - 195 E 3rd St

The 6@6 Reading Series is the backbone of our newly expanded 2014 festival, featuring six new works of poetic theater.

TO SUBMIT: Send your work to [email protected] by 
Sunday, December 1 for consideration. Please include your name, contact information, and a short synopsis of the piece along with the script in .PDF format. 

Due to the festival time constraints, scripts should be no more than 75 minutes in length. 

We look forward to reading your work! Please pass along this call for submissions to anyone who might be interested! 

Poetic Theater Productions Presents returns next Saturday!

on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 14:27

Poetic Theater Productions Presents returns to Wild Project Saturday, September 7th at 8PM! 

Presents... is an evening of excerpts, readings and short pieces (5-15 minutes) of new works created by our poetic theater family and new voices we are interested in getting to know. This is the first of several events this fall as we search for the next set of works to develop in the 2014 Poetic License Festival! 

On September 7th, we will feature eleven new works in progress:

An excerpt from Back by Mickey Bolmer, directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward
An excerpt from Lioness by Maurice DeCaul directed by Alex Mallory
An excerpt from How To Live Underground written and performed by Nicole Goodwin
An excerpt from Kerosene Manor written and performed by Eboni Hogan
Personal by Mark Harvey Levine, directed by Axel Avin, Jr. 
An excerpt from The Apparatus is Damaged written and performed by Jaime Martin 
An excerpt from Second Decade Project by Beto O'Byrne, performed by Eric Aviles
An excerpt from Mala La Buena by Riti Sachdeva, directed by Tracy Cameron Francis, featuring Indika Senanayake and Riti Sachdeva
An excerpt from Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Catherine Weingarten, directed by Julia Goldstein, featuring Andrew Casanova and Nicole Ventura
An excerpt from A Tribe Called Blessed: Songs Towards The Advancement of (T)history written and performed by Lauren Whitehead
Post by Deborah Yarchun, directed by Alex Mallory

It's going to be a fantastic evening, so don't miss it! 

Pay What You Can!
RSVP now: [email protected]

Wild Project
195 E 3rd St between Aves A & B. F to 2nd Avenue.

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